Phibbies make a splash at New Year

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The organisers of Broughty Ferry New Year’s Day Dook say it is onwards and upwards for the popular annual event.

Around 300 brave souls turned out for the dook at Broughty Ferry Harbour organised by Ye Amphibious Ancient Bathing Association (YeAABA) last Wednesday, around 130 less than the previous year.

It is thought that the reduced numbers were the result of the inclement weather, unusually high tides and a scheduling clash with the Dundee United versus Aberdeen game at Tannadice.

Joyce McIntosh, Chief Phibbie of YeAABA, said: “We had about 300 and were down about 100 on last year.

“There were quite a few thousand in the crowd and they were all lined up along the Castle Green and Beach Crescent and it was quite dense.”

The annual dook at Broughty Ferry has changed dramatically from when Joyce joined YeAABA in 1981. She explained: “There were only 13 of us the first time I did it and then it was a cup of tea and home, but now it’s completely different.”

Joyce continued: “This is the first year we’ve gone down in numbers and I don’t intend for it to go down any further.”

Ye Amphibious Ancient Bathing Society is the only open water swimming and training club in the whole of Scotland and has been a registered charity for the last five years.

Applications for the 2015 New Year’s Day Dook will be made available shortly.