Dook delight

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The 2014 Arbroath New Year’s Day dook has smashed all targets after double the number of people expected took to the water.

The annual event in aid of Cancer Research UK, saw 159 hardy souls brave the elements and take to the sea under the watchful eye of the local RNLI crew.

Around 70 dookers took part in the event last year, but with numbers well up this year, a tremendous amount of £1,270 has been collected already for the charity.

Alana Loudon, organiser and chair of the local Cancer Research UK fund-raising committee was overwhelmed with the response from the local Arbroath community.

She said: “We would like to thank the wonderful RNLI, St Andrews Ambulance Association, Jack Newth, the Lifeboat Ladies, Guild Glencadam Distillery, Brechin, Mr Norrie and all our wonderful volunteers who help make these events such a success.

“And of course, a huge thank you to our brave, daft dookers who made the event great fun and raised so much for Cancer Research UK.
“Lets make our fifth dook even bigger in 2015!”

Alana added that due to the large number of dookers, not everybody taking part received a commemorative T-shirt.

However more are being printed and anyone who didn’t get one should email her on

Similarly, when sponsor money is ready to be collected, email Alana.

Forms to take part in the 2015 dook are already available at the website