Dook and raise charity cash on New Year’s Day

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THE BRAVE and the bold of Carnoustie and Broughty Ferry will be ringing in the New Year with their own brand of madness.

Organisations from both towns have set up Ne’erday Dooks to raise money for charity and to energise locals after a heavy night on Hogmanay.

Broughty Ferry is the first to hold their dook which is organised by Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association (YAABA)

The YAABA dook begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday when hundreds of people are expected to gather at Broughty Ferry harbour to cheer on the dookers.

Last year dozens of dookers braved the icy waters, many in fancy dress, and this year around 100 are expected to take the plunge.

The Ne’erday Dook has been a regular fixture of the Broughty Ferry calendar and has never been missed in the entirety of it’s 128 year history.

In 1989 organisers were forced to use pickaxes to break the ice at the harbour to let people into the water, but this Sunday the main problem could be north easterly winds of around 22 m.p.h.

In Carnoustie, the dooking tradition is a little newer. Organiser Bruce Langlands explained: “It initially started off with a couple of guys from the rugby club who said, ‘let’s go into the sea on New Years Day’ and it’s just spiralled from there.”

The plan is relatively straightforward for Sunday. He explained: “It sounds like one of those events that’s mega organised, but it’s not really. It should be easy to find. If anyone’s walking they can just follow the hordes.”

The dook will begin at 1 p.m. sharp on the beach directly opposite the rugby club itself.

Bruce added: “There are about 20 people taking part, including some from outwith the club, but it is open for anybody to join in.

Bruce advised: “Just walk up and get into the sea pretty much!”

Vice-president Pete Christie will start proceedings with the traditional punt, Bruce said: “Pete starts the dook by kicking a rugby ball into the sea.

“There’s actually a wee trophy for the one who gets to it first. There’s also a trophy for the longest in the water.

“Everyone is welcome to come back to get warmed up and have some refreshment in the club afterwards.”

As with last year, all sponsorship and fund-raising will be donated to MacMillan Cancer Support, Bruce concluded: “There’s also a bucket going round on the day if people are wanting to throw cash into that.”