Are you Loony enough to Dook?

Organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, produced on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council, today announced that registration for the New Year’s Day Loony Dook at South Queensferry is now open.

Organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, produced on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council, today announced that registration for the New Year’s Day Loony Dook at South 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 South Queensferry for 26 years and has been a core part of the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festival for the last 5 years.

Over 1,000 ‘Dookers’, clad in fancy dress costumes ranging from the weird to the wonderful and cheered on by over 4,000 spectators, welcome in the New Year with a splash in the icy cold water of the River Forth in the shadow of the world-famous Forth Bridges. Hundreds of thousands of pounds have been raised for charities through this event over the years, and 10% from each registration fee of £9 (including £1 booking fee) will be donated to the South Queensferry branch of the RNLI. The Queensferry RNLI station is staffed entirely by volunteers who are always on hand to help make the Loony Dook a fun and safe event for everyone to enjoy.

Steve Cardownie, Festivals and Events Champion for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festival attracts tens of thousands of people from all over the world. For years, around 1,000 of the bravest revellers have taken part in the Loony Dook – an icy cold plunge in the Firth of Forth on January 1. This is always a sell-out event and a welcome boost to businesses in South Queensferry. The Council’s ongoing support of the event makes it a safe, fun and one-of-a-kind way to start the New Year.”

Supported by the City of Edinburgh Council, EventScotland and Scotland’s 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 in the Loony Dook should register in advance at Edinburgh's Hogmanay. 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 1.00pm. A 10% donation from the £9 registration fee (including £1 booking fee) will be made to the South Queensferry branch of the RNLI. Spectators are welcome to cheer on the Dookers from various vantage points along the route. Public Transport from Edinburgh will be operating on 1 January.

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