Dook in memory of mum and gran

Roslynn and Jamie at Seafield beach
Roslynn and Jamie at Seafield beach

A mother and son from Lochgelly will be starting the New Year in a rather unusual way – by running into the freezing waters of the Forth.

Roslynn Crichton (34), did the dook last year in memory of her mum Linda who died after suffering from cancer several years ago, and her son Jamie (14), a pupil at Lochgelly High School, decided to join her this year when Roslynn’s gran June passed away from the disease last year.

The pair have decided to forgo their creature comforts and join dozens of other mad Fifers in “dooking” on January 1.

Roslyn’s mum’s cousin Ann Belton is organising this year’s dook, and after reading about it on her Facebook page, she decided she would like to take part in memory of her family members.

Roslynn explained: “It is something close to my heart and I really wanted to take part this year again. I managed to persuade Jamie to come along with me, and we are just hoping the weather is kind to us.”

This year’s Langtoun Loony Dook will take place from a slightly different venue, with participants setting off from the beach at the Seafield picnic area instead of the Basin car park off the Esplanade, as work to strengthen the town’s sea defences, including creating a breakwater from massive boulders is currently blocking the entrance.

All those taking part are asked to register before taking part, with registration open from 11.00 a.m. at the picnic area.

We have provided a registration form which can be filled out to save time on the day. All information is strictly confidential and will be destroyed when the final total has been established.

Ann added: “Breakthrough Breast Cancer is such a worthy charity and I have had quite a few people saying they want to go in this time.”