Dookers to take to chilly waters

Broughty Ferry 2013 New Year's Day dook.
Broughty Ferry 2013 New Year's Day dook.

Details have been released about Broughty Ferry’s annual New Year’s Day Dook which will take place once again on January 1, 2014.

Over 400 dookers took to the chilly River Tay on the first day of this year and it is hoped that even more will take part next year.

And by the year 2017, it is hoped the dook will enter the World Guinness Book of Records as ‘The largest dook in the World on January 1’ by trying to attract 1,000 participants.

The upcoming event will take place at Broughty Ferry harbour, adjacent to Broughty Castle at Beach Crescent, on Wednesday, January 1.

Prior to the dook, which is usually started by Dundee’s Lord Provost and the Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association Club president, Joyce McIntosh, there will be the judging of the increasingly elaborate fancy dress parade before the dookers are piped into the water by The Boys’ Brigade 44th Company.

Many dookers raise sponsorship for local and national charities and spectators usually come along in their thousands to lend their support.