Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Loony Dookers brave the chilly Forth

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Media captionThe traditional New Year's Day Loony Dook in the Forth

More than 1,000 people braved the icy waters of the Firth of Forth for the annual New Year's Day Loony Dook.

Jokingly conceived more than 30 years ago as a hangover cure, the event has become an annual charity fundraiser during Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations.

Participants paraded in fancy dress for the sell-out event at South Queensferry.

A warming bowl of porridge was on offer as an incentive for taking the plunge.

Among those taking part were Ed Bartlam and Charlie Wood, the directors of Underbelly, the organisers of Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations.

They later confirmed that people from 21 countries took part in the icy dip.

In a joint statement, Mr Wood and Mr Bartlam said: "Last night we welcomed 75,000 people to Edinburgh for the best New Year party ever at the epic 25th anniversary Edinburgh's Hogmanay.

"What better way to clear those foggy heads from the night before than a swift dip in freezing cold water?

"Today, New Year's Day, we joined over 1,000 participants from 21 countries on the shores of South Queensferry to brave the waters of the Firth of Forth for the much-loved Loony Dook.

"We loved being 'Dookers' welcoming the New Year. It's terrific how much energy and excitement the Loony Dook generates and the fantastic fancy dress costumes people make and the money generated for charity."

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