New Year Dook not at risk from the weather

THE TRADITIONAL New Year Dook on January 1 will go ahead - blocks of ice or no!

That was the assurance given by Joyce Mackintosh, president of Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association, when asked if the famous event was at risk because of the effects of the month-long spell of sub-zero weather.

Whilst admitting that tons of ice have to be removed from the pier and jetty, Mrs Mackintosh was confident that by the time you read this, the day before the dook, the spectating area will be safe, and the small icebergs in the harbour will have been dealt with, having been herded away by small boats.

Observers have compared Broughty Harbour at the moment with the Arctic.

She added that the more volunteers there are lending a hand, the sooner the area will be cleared.

Mrs Mackintosh said that one of the big problems is the hard-packed snow and ice on the slipway, by which the dookers make their way to the water.

She recalled that last year, more than 3,000 spectators attended the dook, which she thought was incredible, given the absence of public transport.

She emphasised again that the dook would go ahead, but added that the work being done is to ensure the safety of the public.

This year’s event will start at 1.30 p.m., and spectators are advised to be at the harbour in good time, in order to get a good view.

In past years the ingenuity of those taking part has known no bounds, with superheroes to Santas, cartoon characters to nuns.

More information can be obtained on the ‘Phibbies’ website,

And in Carnoustie the increasingly popular dook organised by the local rugby club will go ahead.

The clubhouse will be open from 12 noon, and although no time had been published for the dook by the time the Guide & Gazette went to the printer, up-to-date information should be available on the website or by telephone 01241 853757.

Or just turn up at noon and wait for the off!