Dook­ers take the plunge in New Year’s Day dips

The Arran Banner - - News -

Ar­ran went dook crazy this year with no fewer than five events across the is­land.

In the big­gest, more than 60 hardy souls took part in the an­nual New Year’s Day dook in Brod­ick Bay with a large num­ber of spec­ta­tors go­ing along to wit­ness the spec­ta­cle.

Fix­ture

Now in its sev­enth year, the dook which is or­gan­ised by the Dou­glas Ho­tel and which started as a small chal­lenge by a group of friends, has be­come a reg­u­lar and the first fix- ture of the year in the Ar­ran cal­en­dar. Start­ing with a pro­ces­sion along the fore­shore, the dook­ers made their way from the Dou­glas Ho­tel to the Brod­ick jetty, in fancy dress and fes­tive out­fits as usual, be­fore launch­ing them­selves into the ice-cold wa­ter.

Ill­ness

This year there was no theme, how­ever, or­gan­is­ers and Dou­glas Ho­tel staff wore face masks of two of their friends who were un­able to make the event this year through ill­ness.

Co­in­cid­ing with the horn of the MV Isle of Ar­ran, which sounded in re­mem­brance of the Io­laire tragedy - as did all ves­sels in the CalMac fleet - the dook­ers en­tered the wa­ter at mid­day.

Other vil­lages got in on the act this year with Lochranza, Cor­rie and Shisk­ine Val­ley all hold­ing New Year’s Day dooks of their own and, of course, they fol­lowed the Lam­lash Dook on Box­ing Day cov­ered by the Ar­ran Ban­ner last week. All Brod­ick Dook pho­tographs by

Colin Smee­ton.

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Spec­ta­tors line the jetty and prom­e­nade to watch the dook­ers take to the wa­ter.

Pho­to­graph: Eilidh Kerr.

Dook­ers run­ning into the wa­ter at the Shisk­ine Val­ley dook.

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Par­tic­i­pants at the head of the pro­ces­sion make their way along the prom­e­nade with face masks in hon­our of friends who could not make the dook this year.

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Im­per­vi­ous to the cold, two chil­dren take great de­light in swim­ming while their mum, in grey and black, seems less im­pressed.

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Team Dou­glas Ho­tel pose for a group pho­to­graph fol­low­ing their dook.

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Mak­ing a splash: dook­ers en­ter the wa­ter while oth­ers make a hasty exit.

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A group of friends hold hands as they en­ter the wa­ter.

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One of the found­ing dook­ers, Sean Henry, owner of the Dou­glas Ho­tel, was the first into the wa­ter with his mask in hon­our of his un­well friend.

Pho­to­graph: Jack Ben­jamin Toye.

The con­tin­gent who took part in the first Cor­rie vil­lage dook.

Known as the Lochranza Loonies, these swim­mers took part in the sec­ond an­nual dook. Pho­to­graph Gail Scott.

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An ex­pres­sion de­fines how this dooker found the tem­per­a­ture of the wa­ter.

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Chil­dren, dogs and dook­ers take to the cold wa­ters of Brod­ick Bay.

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This young­ster, who brought along a small pad­dle board, was reluctant to leave the wa­ter.

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A man and his dog take to the wa­ter to en­joy a swim in the bay.

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