Ne’erday dookers still take the plunge

The Nelson's, Tanya, Kate and Jim prepare to take the plunge at the Douglas Dook with a snow covered Goatfell behind them.

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Words and pictures by Hugh Boag

There may have been no guests, but that did not stop staff and associates of the Douglas Hotel going ahead with a socially-distanced dook on New Year’s Day.

The usual throng of swimmers and spectators at the Brodick slipway were missing ahead of the Douglas Dook at noon on January 1, but, before the new tougher restrictions, around a dozen hardy souls braved the near-freezing waters of Brodick Bay on a bright, but cold, day to welcome the new year.

And they were not alone, with some brave dookers taking to the water in Blackwaterfoot and Lamlash and a sole dipper in Lochranza, where Lorna Logan took the plunge.