Kirkcaldy’s Loony Dook moves to Seafield for Ne’er Day dip

members of Kirkcaldy Rugby Club taking part in a previous dook
members of Kirkcaldy Rugby Club taking part in a previous dook
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Anyone looking for a challenging start to 2014, or just the best-ever hangover cure, is invited along to the Kirkcaldy Loony Dook.

Although this year’s event will move from its usual spot in front of the Basin car park on the west end of the beach, because of work being carried out to reinforce the town’s sea wall, organisers are convinced the new spot will be just as successful.

With the slipway on to the beach blocked by huge boulders, the 2014 dook will take place on the beach in front of the Seafield picnic area, where dookers will have a clear pathway down to the water.

Recent years have seen the Loony Dook take place in clear, sunny weather, and it is hoped this one, in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, will continue to have good weather.

Ann Belton (57), from Lochgelly, who has organised the majority of the dooks since 2007, when it first started up, says she is praying for good weather.

“Breakthrough Breast Cancer is such a worthy charity and I have had quite a few people saying they want to go in this time,” she said.

“We were not sure until fairly recently if we would be able to go in from our usual spot, but that is not going to be possible, so we have just moved along a bit to the Seafield picnic area.

“We are hoping to be able to get the gates open for the dook, but there were some people who were talking about bringing vans along to change in and they should be aware that there is only a 7’ 6” clearance height for vehicles.

“Even if we can’t get the gates opened, it will still go ahead.

‘‘But we are hoping we can, because lots of people usually come along to spectate and cheer us in, even if they don’t go in themselves.”

Ann explained she had already had a number of groups, including Kirkcaldy Rugby Club and the Cowdenbeath Civic Week committee, saying they were planning to dook this time.

Bluebell, Cowdenbeath Football Club’s mascot will also be there, although she may not go in the water!

St Andrews Ambulance will also be in attendance.

People can choose to dook for their own charities if they wish, or they can join the others in dooking for Breakthrough.

Sponsor forms can be picked up from Kirkcaldy Rugby Club on Monday, Friday and Sunday mornings; Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. or Saturday afternoons.

To help with the collection, Ann is asking that everyone who plans to dook at noon on January 1 registers when they arrive. Registration will be open from 11.00 a.m.

Dookers can wear fancy dress or T-shirts promoting their chosen charity.