Taking the waters on New Year’s Day

There’s a tradition in some parts of Scotland for people to go swimming – well at least go for a dip – in the sea on New Year’s Day. It started in South Queensferry where around a thousand people now take part. But the idea spread along the coast to places such as North Berwick and now Portobello’s joined in the sport. Until today, it’s tended to be a very informal affair with just a few lads and lasses braving the waves and weather. But this year was different and the crowds gathered – some to take part, others to watch and cheer as over 50 dived into the Forth in this the first more formal Porty Dook. The organisers plan to make this an event to rival the others along the Forth.

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David Calder has been a broadcast journalist for over 30 years. Before moving to the Caledonian Mercury, he worked for the BBC (national and regional) as well as parts of ITV and the World Service. He worked for prestigious programmes such as The Money Programme, You & Yours, Today and The World at One. He spent two years making mini-documentaries for Radio 5 Live and was a regular correspondent for CBC (Radio Canada). He was a regular reporter on various news and current affairs programmes on BBC Scotland as well as producing or presenting (sometimes both) science, legal affairs and arts programmes. As well as his contributions to the Caledonian Mercury, he is also a freelance producer in Scotland for the satellite channel, Al Jazeera.
  • Dan

    It’s not just on the Forth – there’s a good one at Cromarty on the Black Isle.