Around 20 brave swimmers took the plunge into Rothesay Bay on Wednesday as Bute’s Boxing Day Dip made a welcome return to the island’s festive calendar.
Held to raise money for the Clic Sargent children’s cancer charity, the event, organised by the members of the Brianne Roberts Challenge Group, was back after a one-year absence in 2011 - and those who took part were clearly delighted to have the chance to blow away the Christmas cobwebs with a bracing, if brief, trip into the cold waters of the bay.
Many were clad in suitably festive attire, though one participant, local HM Coastguard team leader Gordon McMurchie, turned up in clothing more suitable for a Spanish beach in the summer - though he had three of his colleagues watching on to make sure he came to no harm!
After an impromptu ‘ring a ring o’ roses’ by some of the Dippers it was back to the warm and dry surroundings of the Isle of Bute Sailing Club premises in Ardbeg Road - and the news, from Brianne Roberts’ dad Chris, that an estimated sum of more than £1,000 had been raised for Clic Sargent at the event.
Ronnie Hair won a hamper of fruit as his prize for the Dipper who raised most in sponsorship, while Gordon McMurchie - unsurprisingly - won the accolade of ‘least dressed participant’, taking home a Clic Sargent baseball cap, and Charmaine Minnes the ‘best dressed’ title for her Santa costume.