Care for a Dook or a Dip this Christmas?

Join in the dook!
Join in the dook!

IT’S a double dip extravaganza along the coast this Boxing Day.

But will you be brave enough to bear the chilly North Sea waters for either of our traditional charity plunges?

Leven’s Boxing Day Dip and the East Neuk Dook each kick off at 1pm, so it’s a tad ambitious to try and do both.

But those who still want to sign up to one of them should contact the organisers, because time is rapidly running out.

This year represents the fifth anniversary for the Boxing Day Dip at Leven beach, in aid of children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

In its first year, around 20 plucky people took part but, last year, hundreds of spectators watched over 50 fancy-dress bathers dive in, raising over £7000.

The East Neuk Dook is an older event – this will represent its 11th year – and again, some 50 brave souls are expected to fling themselves into the icy waters at Anstruther Harbour to raise £5000 for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association.

The East Fife Mail’s very own dippy dooker Viki Simpson is a veteran of the Boxing Day Dip and she can’t recommend it highly enough for those who like to live a little on the daft side.

She said: ”It’s an essential part of Christmas now – the support from the crowd on the day is infectious.

“There’s nothing better than plunging into freezing cold water on Boxing certainly blows away the cobwebs!”

Fortifying hot drinks are offered to participants after the event.

To take part in the East Neuk Dook, contact Kevin Corps on 07801 909750 (pictured right, in the water last year) or Fiona Corps on 07527 273767.

For the Boxing Day Dip in Leven, a sponsor form can be obtained through Ann Hughes at CLIC Sargent on 0141 5725700.