Fairholm (16) from Bo'ness was first to take the plunge in the annual
Ne'er Day Loony Dook at South Queensferry.
The charity event, now in its 20th year, has seen its popularity
grow over the years, despite the requirement of participants to
take a dip in the freezing waters of the Forth on Ne'er Day.
down from 'The Moorings'
Both participants and spectators enjoyed the pleasure of being
piped down form the registration post to the waters edge by the
Being one of the first to arrive and register, Paul was able to
ensure that with his youthful exuberance he was able to maintain
pole position and be the first Loony Dooker of 2006.
Paul leading the way to be first
There was the usual carnival atmosphere in the town with many local
shops and pubs open in support of this annual charity event.
Not just through stupidity or for fun..
participation was not just for fun, however, as he was raising funds
for a good cause—the British Limbless Ex-Serviceman's
Paul's support stems from his active membership of the '23'
Troupe Army Cadets, based at Macdonald Road, Edinburgh, swimming
and his interest in diving which he does with Dive Safari Scotland.
Represented Army Cadets Scotland
His interest in sport doesn't stop there as he plays rugby for
Leith Academy and has represented Army Cadets Scotland at swimming.
At the national championships held at Aldershot last October, as
part of the relay team, he took silver.
Support and encouragement
Wee brother Angus was there to give him moral support and encouragement
as was mum & dad, Gail and Giles Fairholm.
The family having moved to Bo'ness from Edinburgh in the last couple
of years had only a short trip to make to South Queensferry and
with Paul showing the way perhaps we might see this as an annual
trip to include more of the family next year (watch this space).
Hands full with Burgh Building
Until then and for the forseeable future, however, both Giles and
Gail will have all their hands full. They have moved into and are
renovating the old Burgh Building at Seaview Place, at the foot
of Church Wynd, Bo'ness with the intention of returning it, as far
is possible, to its former glory.
Interest & participation from far and wide
The organisers had been suprprised by the level of interest shown
in this year's event with one tour operator proposing to bringing
150 Australian holidaymakers in six mini-buses.
Also, FirstBus layed on a special bus from Waterloo Place
in Edinburgh specifically in support of the event which boosted
those taking the plunge to in excess of the 300 originally expected.
Sponsored by 'Old Pulteney'
was a welcome and added incentive for everyone who registered at
The Moorings as thanks to sponsorship from Old Pulteney
Single Malt Scotch Whisky, all the participants received a
miniature and a T-shirt, with a hot toddy and soup to be had at
The Moorings afterwards.