More ‘dookers’ needed to take the plunge

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Organisers of Arbroath’s New Year Dook are hoping to make this year an even bigger success by attracting more hardy ‘dookers’.

Now in it’s third year, the New Year’s Day Dook, organised by the Angus branch of Cancer Research UK, has become something of a town tradition and continues to grow in popularity as members of the public clear out the Hogmanay cobwebs with a bracing dip.

Last year, 66 daring dippers took to the freezing water for charity and in the process raised thousands of pounds through registration fees and sponsorship.

Chair of the Angus branch of Cancer Research UK Alana Loudon is keen to see that success continue.

She said: “This is the third Dook for this very worthwhile cause and it has grown each year.

“We would be delighted if we could make 2013 bigger still.

“It’s a great way to start your year with an exhilarating dook in the North Sea and every penny raised goes to Cancer Research UK.”

Dookers and spectators are reminded that the venue for this year’s event has changed from Gayfield to the Arbroath Lifeboat Shed at the harbour at 1 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

Registration is £5 per person and all participants will receive a T-shirt and a swimming cap for taking part.

Many ‘dookers’ take part in fancy dress and there have even been a few take to the winter sea in swimwear more suited to the summer months!

To register contact Alana Loudon on 07881940418 or e-mail

There is also a ‘justgiving’ page for anyone wishing to sponsor the event, which can be found at