Refreshing start to the New Year

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There was a good showing of hardy souls welcoming in 2014 at Carnoustie’s New Year’s Day Dook last week.

On Wednesday crowds gathered at the beachfront for the annual event organised by Carnoustie Rugby Club.

One of the organisers, Kathleen Edmond, said: “The Dook went really well considering the weather.

“We had to switch to the sands close to Carnoustie Rugby Club for the traditional start to the New Year.

“The Dook was kicked off by Lewis Thoms, last year’s winner. The ball took flight in the wind and was blown somewhat off course.

“First to the ball for 2014 was Dublin visitor Philip Darcy, who had been challenged the night before to do the Dook. He plans to be back in Carnoustie to fulfil his starter’s role in 2015.”

Winners of the ladies’ and gents’ trophies for longest time spent in the water went to Helen Ruddie and Gareth Johns respectively, and the fancy dress winner was David Gray.

This year the judges were Rod Bruce and Peter Christie and the trophy presentation was held in the clubhouse.

Kathleen added: “We are delighted by the turnout of dookers and spectators with the wild might of the North Sea. The event raised money for many local charities.”