Leapers take another dook

The mini East Neuk Dook at Anstruther Harbour, complementing the traditional Boxing Day/Hogmanay event (picture by George McLuskie)
The mini East Neuk Dook at Anstruther Harbour, complementing the traditional Boxing Day/Hogmanay event (picture by George McLuskie)
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A handful of regular supporters of the East Neuk Dook were forced to miss the 2014 event because of work and other commitments.

However, five seasoned leapers gathered recently at Anstruther harbour to stage an alternative jump and add a few more pounds to the record total realised last month by the annual event.

Almost £7000 is thought to have been collected now for last year’s chosen charity, Multiple Sclerosis Fife , while there is a Virgin money page for donations which will be open until the end of April.

Main organiser Kevin Corps, who co-created the Dook in 2000, was forced to miss the event for the first time in its history on December 26, because he was working over the festive holiday period in the Caspian Sea.

However, he and four other friends who were unable to take part that day – Brian Stewart, Neil Pearson, Sandy Stewart and Carl Van Der Lee – KO’d their Boxing Day blues by taking the plunge on January 17.

“We had a small crowd of wellwishers and, weather-wise, if there was ever a good advert for the day, that was it,” said Kevin.

“It was a really nice, fresh day and the water was pretty calm.”

Lifeboat crewmen turned out to provide safety cover and the Bank Restaurant in Anstruther, which normally sponsors the T-shirts and provides refreshments for the leapers, supported the lads once again, for which they were very grateful.

Meetings will be getting under way soon to plan the 2015 Dook, which will have the RNLI as its selected charity.

The ‘Dookers’ raise money every five years for the lifeboat organisation, in recognition of the vital work it does along the Levenmouth and East Neuk coast, and beyond.