New Year Dip raises more than £7000

Derek Malcolmson dressed as popular Disney character Elsa from Frozen
Derek Malcolmson dressed as popular Disney character Elsa from Frozen
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The Stonehaven New Year’s dip has raised over £7000 for cancer charity CLIC Sargent - and that’s just so far.

The cold start to the new year saw 61 people brave the elements with a plethora of costumes on show.

Lead Dipper Michael once again was first in and last out

Lead Dipper Michael once again was first in and last out

We spoke to 40-year-old Derek Malcolmson, from Muchalls, who took part in the dip for the third time dressed as Elsa from the appropriately named considering the challenge at hand ‘Frozen’.

He said: “My daughter absolutely loves the film so I decided to dress up like this as I have in the past. It is for such a worthy cause and I’m looking forward to it.”

Michael Hopkins, who was the lead dipper for a sixth year, got the rest of the participants ready before taking the plunge.

Michael, who was the first in and last out as expected, said: “It’s been a great success once again and I’d like to thank everyone, all the sponsors and those who have taken part for making it a great day.”

plenty of dippers wore fancy dress to take part this year

plenty of dippers wore fancy dress to take part this year

One of this years participants was Miss Dundee Galaxy Hannah Waugh who tweeted our reporters after the dip: “What a great day for CLIC Sargent. It was an honour to be there.”

Laurencekirk resident and CLIC Sargent North East Scotland and Shetland Fundraising Manager Holly Taylor said her first year organising the dip was ‘brilliant fun.’

She added: “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part as well as everyone who came to cheer us on and made a donation.

‘‘This was my first year doing the dip and, although it was absolutely freezing, it was brilliant fun and I’m planning on doing it again next year and getting some more of my friends involved!

Old and young took part in the dip on New Years day

Old and young took part in the dip on New Years day

‘‘I would also like to thank Cool Gourmet, Dunnottar Wines, Aunty Bettys and Woodveiw Embroidery Services for their continued support of the event and I look forward to working with them again next year.

‘‘Also, a huge thank you to our volunteers on the day for all their hard work.”

Over 60 dippers took part in this years dip

Over 60 dippers took part in this years dip