The first annual New Year dook raises £2,000

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ALMOST 40 brave dookers welcomed in 2011 by taking to the water at the West Links on New Year’s Day to raise money for Cancer Research.

The inaugural Arbroath dook was organised by the local Angus committee of Cancer Research UK and it is thought up to £2,000 has been raised by the event.

And they were cheered on by a crowd of around 200 people, who also braved the cold temperatures down at the foreshore to lend their support.

One of the organisers of the event, Alana Loudon, was delighted with the response they had received from the public since organising the dook and hopes it will grow into an annual fund-raiser that people can look forward to.

She said: “The committee have been fund-raising for years and we thought about doing this as it is a bit different and something people can get involved in.

“We have had a fantastic response to it and as it is the first specific dook that is for Cancer Research I am quite confident the event can grow and grow into an annual thing.

“It exceeded all of our expectations.”

Most of the dookers turned up to the event in fancy dress to add to the occasion and the participants were also lucky enough to be piped into the water by young piper Jack Newth.

Alana explained: “Most people went into the water in fancy dress and we even had a few brave people only wearing bikinis.

“We also had Jack Newth who piped us into the water and unbeknown actually went into the water and carried on piping!

“For most people it was just a quick dip in rather than a swim, as the water was really cold.

“But everybody enjoyed it and we have to thank St Andrew’s Ambulance and the local RNLI who also supported us.

“We hope to have raised an estimate of around £2,000 but we still have money coming in.”