There’s a dip in the air - so take a dook

Leven's Boxing Day Dip and Anstruther's East Neuk Dook are each taking place this Friday (picture by Mark Rodgers)
Leven's Boxing Day Dip and Anstruther's East Neuk Dook are each taking place this Friday (picture by Mark Rodgers)

Dip dip hooray – the water-drenched Boxing Day festivities are almost here again, so why not go along and take a good Dook?

Friday sees a double helping of charity fun in Levenmouth and the East Neuk, which is certain to make a big splash.

Midday sees the sixth annual Boxing Day Dip at Leven – followed at 3.00 p.m. by Anstruther’s East Neuk Dook.

Hardy revellers at both will be bracing themselves for a freezing dunk in the waters of the Forth to work off some of the excesses of Christmas, have a bit of ‘fun’, and help raise money for some very valid causes.

Once again, the Leven Dip is in aid of the UK children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

Fund-raising manager Deirdre Curley said in the build-up to the big day that the response from the community once again had been “fantastic”.

Around 50 ‘dippers’ are known to have signed up already – and Deirdre said people could still turn up on the day at Leven beach and register from 11.30 a.m.

All participants will be given a free CLIC Sargent T-shirt and a hot cup or glass of something warming after their dip.

“I’m sure there are lots of locals who will join in the fun and help us raise much-needed funds to make a difference to the lives of children and young people with cancer,” said Deirdre, who also plans to be in Leven on the day.

She added: “Over the years, we have encouraged participants to come in fancy dress but we’d ask you to wear shoes, as the beach can be rocky.

“We would ask that everyone comes dressed and brings a carrier bag for wet clothes and a dressing gown or large towel.”

Helpers and safety crew team members will also be on hand.

Shortly before noon, the plan is to pipe the revellers to the beach, where a countdown will begin – and everyone ‘brrr-ave’ enough will charge into the sea together.

Later, at Anstruther Harbour, another 50 adventurous individuals will be hurling themselves into the freezing depths, clad in souvenir t-shirts, to raise money for a worthy cause. The event starts at 3.00 p.m. and the charity being supported this year is the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Society Fife.

Sponsorship once again is by The Bank restaurant in Anstruther and the organisers are being assisted by an ever-reliable group of helpers – on dry land and in the water.

Bucket collections will also be taking place by the shore.

One of the principal figures associated with the Dook, Kevin Corps, will be unable to attend – the first leap he’ll have missed in 14 years.

However, he and a few other regulars who are unavaliable this Boxing Day are proposing to stage another jump in January, to ensure they don’t miss out entirely.

Proceeds from Leven’s ‘dip and nip’ will go to CLIC Sargent’s Scotland Homes from Home Appeal.

NHS Scotland is moving the hospitals that treat children and young

people with cancer in Glasgow and Edinburgh, which means CLIC Sargent urgently needs to raise around £3 million to move its appeal too. More information on the Leven Dip is available on 0141 572 5707 and, afterwards, participants are inivited back to the Caledonian Hotel for hot refreshments – and a wee drop of whisky if they wish .

For the East Neuk Dook, more details are on its Facebook page or from Fiona Corps on 0752 727 3767.