Over 1,000 Loony Dookers from around the world brave the chilly dip by the iconic Forth Bridge.
Participants from Scotland and around the world flocked to the shores of South Queensferry, by Edinburgh on New Year’s Day, Wednesday January 1 2020, to brave the chilly waters of the Firth of Forth for the Loony Dook as part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay.
1,100 ‘Dookers’ including Ed Bartlam and Charlie Wood co-directors of Underbelly who produce Edinburgh’s Hogmanay on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council, and Cllr Donald Wilson, Culture and Communities Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council joined the parade through the streets of South Queensferry before taking the dip into the icy waters, overlooked by the iconic Forth Bridges.
Thousands of spectators lined the streets to cheer on the brave and the bold, decked out in every manner of fancy-dress imaginable ranging from the brilliantly crafted cardboard boat and airplane, to Donald Trump, a can of Iron Bru, a T Rex, a pair of lobsters, Mr Blobby and a brave man in a mankini. People from over 20 countries took the plunge, and raised money for a huge variety of charities in the process.
£1 from every ticket bought for the Loony Dook is donated to the RNLI. The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Every day of the year, people of all backgrounds get into danger in the water. The support of all donations means that the RNLI crews can save lives quickly, safely and effectively.