Making a splash at Kirkcaldy Loony Dook!

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Around 60 hardy souls braved the elements in this year’s Langtoun Loony Dook on New Year’s Day.

Members of Kirkcaldy Rugby Club, the local YMCA and a group of Flintstones were among those who donned fancy dress and plunged into the icy depths of the Forth estuary to welcome the New Year with a splash.

Kirkcaldy Loony Dook. Pic: FPA

Kirkcaldy Loony Dook. Pic: FPA

Most were fundraising for charity, including the Betsy Fund set up by local woman Joyce Hankin and named after her former guide dog puppy Betsy which Guide Dogs for the Blind helped to save by funding a vital operation.

Joyce and four of her friends decided to do the Loony Dook to raise funds to repay the charity for its generosity, and they have already raised £2000, with a fundraising event still to come in the Beveridge Park Hotel in March.

Meanwhile 23 members of Kirkcaldy Rugby Club, dressed as Robin Hood and his Merry Men, took to the water in aid of Standing Tall - Connor’s Journey, a charity set up for 19-year-old Connor Hughes, a member of Stirling Rugby Club who was left paralysed from the neck down following a rugby accident. All money raised will be used to help Connor receive specialist treatment and equipment in the USA.

A group of young people from Kirkcaldy YMCA also participated to raise money to help them put on this year’s Skate and Bike Competition which was previously a part of the Beveridge Park Festival.

Despite the festival folding, the youngsters want to keep the competition, which attracts a huge following, going this summer.

Other families and individuals just decided to take part in the dook for the fun of it.