Dookin’ for sponsor

New Years Day 2014  Loony Dook
New Years Day 2014 Loony Dook

The future of the Loony Dook in Queensferry on January 1 looks certain for another year at least.

The event, which will celebrate its 29th anniversary on New Year’s Day 2015, had been under threat due to lack of funding.

But talks this week between the city council and Unique Events, which organises Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations, led to a decision being taken to continue to stage the annual dip.

The main aim now is to find a major sponsor for the event.

The Loony Dook costs in the region of £17,000 to stage. And while Visit Scotland has agreed to offer £5000 towards it, monies raised through online entry still realise the shortfall.

Almond councillor Norman Work, who was involved in the talks, said: “I cannot believe that the organisers are still looking for a sponsor at this late stage.

“The Loony Dook attracts worldwide media attention so sponsoring the event would be a unique opportunity for a Scottish business to gain maximum exposure.”

Dookers wishing to participate in the Loony Dook will be able to sign up soon at the website www.edinburghshogmanay.org.

The programme for the city’s winter celebrations is released within weeks.