35 brave - or mad - volunteers swam across the mouth of the Anstruther inner harbour on Boxing Day in the 13th Annual Charity "dook" (translation 'dunking'). In cold, windy contitions and dressed in an assortment of swimwear, including male bikinis, the volunteers performed under the watchful eyes of the ILB crew exercising in the harbour.
Barry Gourlay, Anstruther senior helm, has completed all 13 dooks.
The event raised thousands of pounds for the Heart, Chest & Stroke Charity.
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Station coxswain Michael Bruce commented ‘It is a great privilege and testimony to the crew here at Anstruther to take receipt of this top of the range lifeboat. We participate in a vast number of fundraising opportunities each year such as our own station Open Day, the Anstruther Harbour Festival and sell burgers at events in and around the town which has allowed us the honour of funding this boat we have here today.
We would like to thank the local community for their continued support in attending such events and we are proud to let them see what their money has helped contribute towards’.
Akira, which will be named at an official ceremony in May of next year, replaces the previous serving Rotary Centenary Queen which, since 2007, has taken part in over 140 shouts rescuing over 100 people.
The pictures show Mrs McCaffrey with the Model and the current Coxswain Michael Bruce in front of the 'Kingdom of Fife'
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