Culter man nips in for a dip

Nippy Dippers at Stonehaven Harbour on New Year's Day.
Nippy Dippers at Stonehaven Harbour on New Year's Day.

A Culter man brr-aved the elements as lead dipper at the Stonehaven charity splash on New Year’s Day for the sixth year running.

Michael Hopkins has made the splash wearing various costumes from Batman to Baywatch and Saltireman, accompanied by fellow lead dipper and sidekick, Adam Bennett.

Culter man was lead dipper at Stonehaven Nippy Dip 2015

Culter man was lead dipper at Stonehaven Nippy Dip 2015

He said: “We have been best friends since 1994 and went to the same primary and secondary school in Stonehaven.

‘‘Over the last few years we’ve been pairing up for the Dip.”

The event is popular across the North-east and raises funding for leading children and young people’s cancer charity, CLIC Sargent.

Michael added: “We both retired after the 2014 Dip because Adam moved to the USA with his wife and two kids.

‘‘They came over to visit last month and Holly from CLIC Sargent asked if we would come out of retirement and help her run the Dip.

“I said yes because I am based here and my boss at my new job is impressed with what I do outwith work, but Adam had to head back to the States.”