Registration for the New Year’s Day Loony Dook at Queensferry is now open.
The Loony Dook, which this year is supported by the City of Edinburgh Council, EventScotland and Scotland’s Winter Festivals, has been held at Queensferry for 26 years and has been a core part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festival for the last five years.
Over 1000 ‘dookers’, clad in fancy dress costumes and cheered on by over 4000 spectators, will welcome in the New Year in the icy cold water of the River Forth.
Hundreds of thousands of pounds have been raised for charities over the years and 10 per cent from each registration fee of £9 (including £1 booking fee) will be donated to the South Queensferry branch of the RNLI.
Steve Cardownie, festivals and events champion for the council, said: “The Loony Dook is always a sell-out and a welcome boost to businesses in Queensferry.”
Fiona Hyslop MSP, cabinet secretary for culture, said: “The Loony Dook has been a firm favourite in the New Year calendar for many years and is part of a range of events happening across Scotland to celebrate the winter festivals.”
The 2015 Loony Dook will start with the Dookers’ Parade, led by the Beastie Drummers, at 1.20pm followed by the Dook itself at 1.30pm. Everybody wishing to take part should register in advance at www.edinburghshogmanay.com.
Pete Irvine, director of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, said: “The Loony Dook has become an integral part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay festival and is a flagship event for South Queensferry which welcomes everybody into its bars, cafes and restaurants – all open on New Year’s Day.
“It is a hugely popular event which generates news coverage around the world.”
There will be no registration on the day and all pre-registered dookers should check in at the lifeboat station in South Queensferry between 11.30am and 1pm.
Spectators are welcome to cheer on the Dookers from various vantage points.