Taking a Hogmanay leap . . .

East Neuk Dook
East Neuk Dook

Robust revellers and dedicated fund-raisers took the plunge last week as the 12th annual East Neuk Dook rode the crest of a very popular wave once again.

Around 35 hardy souls braved a burst of wind and rain to make the great Hogmanay leap into the harbour at Anstruther.

Nearly £5000 was gathered for this year’s chosen charity, the Fife Rape and Sexual Assault Centre, with more money to come.

Principal organisers Kevin and Fiona Corps were glad to raise the profile of a group which dealt with a very uncomfortable but real issue.

Kevin and fellow Anstruther man Barry Gourlay kept up their record of taking part in every dook since 2002, while at least one reveller gave up his lunch hour to jump in before returning to work.

Everyone entered and emerged from the water safely, with a few first-time entrants joining the seasoned supporters.

Kevin said it was a “big personal challenge” for people to throw themselves off a harbour into very cold water and he admired everyone, especially first-timers, who took part.

He was also grateful to the RNLI station crew at Anstruther and the East Neuk First Responders for providing essential safety cover, The Bank in Anstruther for sponsoring the t-shirts and supplying hot refreshments, and his wife Fiona for her organisational skills.