'Loony Dookers' take the plunge

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About 500 people have plunged into the Firth of Forth for the New Year's Day Loony Dook.

Many "dookers" wore fancy dress as they went into the water at South Queensferry, at the end of Edinburgh's Hogmanay festivities.

Organisers said the three days of events were a huge success, boosting the local and national economy.

The New Year's Dook in St Andrews was said to have had a record attendance despite not having the best weather.

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Image caption The Loony Dook at South Queensferry attracts hundreds of brave dippers
Image caption Many take part in fancy dress as they head into the waters
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Image caption One special guest this year, a bit further south than usual, was Nessie
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Image caption More "dookers" took the plunge at the New Year's event in St Andrews
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Image caption The Glasgow Tei Karate club opted for a New Year's Day swim in Loch Lomond
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Image caption And a group of "dookers" headed into the waters off Portpatrick in Dumfries and Galloway

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