Brave and the cold

gm 010109 loony dook at south queensferry
gm 010109 loony dook at south queensferry

OVER 1000 hardy souls braved the chilly waters of the River Forth to participate in this year’s Loony Dook and between them they have raised thousands of pounds for charity.

In its 26th year, the event is firmly fixed as one of the pivotal events in the Queensferry community calendar.

Now organised by Unique Events with substantial input from local people, it seems that the Dook just goes from strength to strength.

And this year’s madcap event proved just as popular as in previous years, if not more so, with the ‘‘house full’’ signs going up well in advance of the occasion.

Participants come from across the country to participate alongside a host of local residents and charity supporters.

One of the dookers this year was local councillor Norman Work who was raising funds for Queensferry Churches Care in the Community.

Said Norman: ‘‘It’s a massive event and a fantastic occasion for the participants and for the town of Queens-ferry.’’

Local man David Steel has been involved with the Loony Dook since its inception. He said: ‘‘It’s a huge event and a great way to bring in the New Year.’’

‘‘I would say that Unique Events and Edinburgh City Council did a fantastic job in organising the event this year.’’