A chilly day for a dip ...

The Boxing Day line-up for the 2015 East Neuk Dook in Anstruther (pics by George McLuskie)
The Boxing Day line-up for the 2015 East Neuk Dook in Anstruther (pics by George McLuskie)

Over 40 revellers lined up on Boxing Day for the customary East Neuk Dook at Anstruther harbour to raise money for charity.

Rain, strong wind and plunging temperatures battered the pier, which kept the number of spectators down, but event founder Kevin Corps said there was still a very good turnout, with possibly around £7500 collected on
the day.

The Dookers generally support a different chosen charity annually but, every fifth year, they collect cash for the Anstruther branch of the RNLI.

As usual, there was a peppering of first-time entrants – including some who had come up from Sheffield – and Kevin said a number of people had committed to joining the Dook again.

“Once you make that jump, there’s no going back, so it’s a big physical challenge for some people,” he added.

The event was sponsored by The Bank bar and bistro in Anstruther.

Lifeboat personnel were concerned by the actions of some onlookers, who stood on the pier as the sea was breaking over the harbour wall, but there were no incidents.