Loony Dook to turn 30

Organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, produced on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council, today confirmed a partnership with Edinburgh’s favourite porridge pioneers Stoats to celebrate the 30th year of Loony Dook.

The ‘Stoats Loony Dook’ takes place on New Year’s Day and will see 1,250 ‘Dookers’ in fancy dress, ranging from the weird to the wonderful, welcome the New Year with a splash in the icy cold water of the River Forth in the shadow of the world-famous Forth Bridges.

As well as generously supporting the New Year’s Day event, Stoats will be there on the day, warming everyone up with free bowls of energising porridge, plenty of giveaways and a fabulous fancy dress photo stage. From there, participants will join the Dooker’s Parade through the High Street before throwing themselves into the freezing Firth of Forth!

Over 4000 spectators are expected to cheer on Dookers at various vantage points along the route or down on the beach and South Queensferry has a variety of pubs, cafes and restaurants, all open on New Year’s Day.

Registration to take part in the event will open at 10am, Thursday 1 October.

Pete Irvine, Director of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, said “The Loony Dook has become an integral part of the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festival, and is a flagship event for South Queensferry which welcomes everybody into its bars, cafes and restaurants which are all open on New Year’s Day. This is a fun, photogenic and hugely popular event that generates news coverage around the world, reinforcing Edinburgh and Scotland as the Home of Hogmanay on the international stage and we would offer our thanks to Stoats, for their support.”

Councillor Richard Lewis, Edinburgh's Festivals Champion, said: "For years, around 1,000 fearless revellers have taken part in the Loony Dook – an icy cold plunge in the Firth of Forth on New Year's Day. The Loony Dook always has a terrific atmosphere and it's important to have procedures in place to ensure the safety of those taking part. The backing and support of Stoats to help us do that is very welcome."

Full details of all the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay entertainment and the line-up of artists across all the stages at the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party will be announced in early October.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay attracts over audiences of over 150,000 to the three days of spectacular events throughout the city centre. The economic impact from Edinburgh’s Hogmanay for the city last year was £41.8m.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is produced on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council by Unique Events, working with partners Underbelly who present Edinburgh’s Christmas attractions and events.

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