• STV
  • MySTV

Brave revellers take a dip as Hogmanay hailed a triumph

Annual Loony Dook follows spectacular 'best ever' Edinburgh street party.

Swim: More than 1,000 took part in the annual Loony Dook.
Swim: More than 1,000 took part in the annual Loony Dook. PA

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

Some revellers wore fancy dress while others stuck to more traditional swimwear.

The charity challenge has been running for more than 30 years and is a celebrated part of Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations.

The sell-out event began with a parade along the town's High Street before plucky participants plunged into the water in the shadow of the Forth Bridges.

Those who took a daring dip in South Queensferry - where the water temperature was four degrees - were rewarded with a hot bowl of porridge.

Swim: This brave trio brought their scrubbing brushes along.
Swim: This brave trio brought their scrubbing brushes along. PA

Organisers praised the multi-national event which raised money for a variety of good causes.

In a joint statement, Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam, directors of Underbelly, said: "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."

Meanwhile, Underbelly also hailed the success of Edinburgh's street party which attracted 75,000 revellers.

As well as a spectacular fireworks display against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle the highlights included a moving rendition of Auld Lang Syne by headline act Rag'n'Bone Man.

Swim: Costumes ranged from martial arts outfits to a banana.
Swim: Costumes ranged from martial arts outfits to a banana. PA

Mr Wood and Mr Bartlam said: "The day started with a storm and ended with a bang - without a doubt this was the best party ever.

"Our 9 minutes fireworks choreographed to Niteworks' and Dan Jones' score was truly spectacular and who will forget Rag'n'Bone man leading 75,000 in Auld Lang Syne?

"What a special way to ring in 2018.

"It's been spectacular and we'd like to thank all those who came and made the party such a great night for Edinburgh and Scotland."

Swim: Three men dressed as the Fourth Bridge for the chilly charity challenge.
Swim: Three men dressed as the Fourth Bridge for the chilly charity challenge. PA

Police Scotland confirmed there were no major incidents and only four arrests for minor disorder offences.

Chief Superintendent Kenny Macdonald, Divisional Commander for Edinburgh, said: "Edinburgh has once again shown why it's one of the greatest cities in the world, welcoming in the New Year in tremendous fashion.

"I would like to thank all of my officers and staff and the stewards for their outstanding work in helping us deliver another fantastic event."

'The day started with a storm and ended with a bang - without a doubt this was the best party ever.'
Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam of Underbelly

Councillor Ian Campbell, Vice Convener of the Culture and Communities Committee at the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "Yet again, Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations have been the envy of cities across the globe.

"This was my first experience of Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations and they did not disappoint.

"It's true - Edinburgh really is the best place in the world to celebrate New Year."

Download: The STV News app is Scotland's favourite and is available for iPhone from the App store and for Android from Google Play. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
ShowHide
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on it's website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.