A splashing good start to the new year

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By Hugh Boag

It wouldn’t be New Year’s Day on Arran without dozens of people taking to the water for a loony dook and this year was no exception.

Mild weather last Saturday appeared to have encouraged lots of people to take the plunge in Brodick and there were also plenty brave dookers in Blackwaterfoot and Lochranza.

While Covid restrictions meant there was no official Douglas Dook, there was a good turnout at noon, the traditional start time for the dook in Brodick, including members of Arran’s LGBTQ+ community supporting the first Arran Pride event to be held later this year. The event also attracted parents with children, young and old and visitors and locals.