A refreshing ‘dook’ to start the new year

Hardy souls in our area will be welcoming in the New Year and blowing off a few cobwebs with the traditional dook next week.

New Year’s Day Dooks have been organised in Arbroath, Broughty Ferry and Carnoustie and the icy dip is expected to attract large numbers of ‘dookers’.

Arbroath is the first to go at 12 noon on Wednesday with the dook organised by the local fund-raising committee for Cancer Research UK.

The dook will take place on the stretch of beach between the Lifeboat Shed and the Signal Tower Museum.

Entry is £5 and registration should be done by e-mail prior to the dook. To do so contact alanaloudon@hotmail.com

Carnoustie follows shortly after with a full programme of events starting with registration at 1 p.m. at the Carnoustie Rugby Club clubhouse.

At 1.45 p.m. the fancy dress competition will be judged by Rod Bruce and Peter Christie with prizes awarded for the best looking fairy, Santa and reindeer, best Braveheart, best Christmas tree, best dressed minister and tart, and best Christmas cracker.

The dook will then begin with the traditional kicking of the rugby ball into the surf, and afterwards at 3 p.m. there will be a presentation of prizes in the clubhouse.

In Broughty Ferry Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association have organised the dook once more, with dookers taking to the water at 2.30 p.m. at Broughty Ferry Harbour.

Entry is £15 and registration can be completed online at www.yeaaba.org.uk/the-dook or on the day. All are welcome and dookers will receive a certificate and T-shirt for their efforts.

There will also be a fancy dress competition with a range of categories to contest.