Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The 25th Anniversary of the world-famous Loony Dook

On 1 January 2011 upwards of 1000 brave Loonies took to the freezing waters of the Forth Estuary in the shadow of the iconic Forth Bridge to celebrate the 25th successive year of this massive event now for the first time part of the official Edinburgh's Hogmanay programme. Weather conditions were as good as could be expected, huge crowds gathered on the streets, foreshore and harbour to witness the fun and it is anticipated that many thousands of pounds will be raised for a variety of charities including the RNLI Queensferry station which will also receive a donation from funds raised in registration fees. On behalf of the sponsors, Haggis Adventures, the management team Unique Events said that the event was a great success. Loony Dook stalwart for all of the 25 years and one of the founders of the event, Jim McKenzie said "I know I'm mad but again I thoroughly enjoyed the day. Even so, I'm glad it's over for another year and look forward to 1 January 2012."

The grand parade was led as usual by our Town Crier Lindsay Munro, our piper Michael Shiels and the two veterans Jim McKenzie

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