Aberdeen’s Lord Provost is to brave the icy North Sea at this year’s Boxing Day dip – but today ruled out wearing a Borat-style mankini.
Barney Crockett will join more than 100 participants at the annual Aberdeen beach event next month, but won’t be donning the infamous one-piece swimsuit.
The councillor, who will be raising money for the Lord Provost Charitable Trust, said: “I don’t think the world is ready to see me in a mankini.
“I will be very modest on the day.
“I have a big admiration for what the Lion’s Club does for the area and it is great what they do to raise funds.
“I have never ever gone into the sea in the winter – I look forward a bit nervously to doing so.”
The idea for the Lord Provost to take part, rather than just judging the fancy dress competition as normal, came in the form of a challenge to Peter Kennedy, president of Aberdeen Lion’s Club.
Peter – who is raising money for Kincorth’s Dee View Court, which provides 24-hour care and support to people living with complex needs and neurological conditions – said: “Barney decided if the club president would go in, he would as well. I’ll be going as the Mad Hatter, but I think Barney will just be wearing a wetsuit.”
Last year’s icy dip raised more than £13,000 for 27 different charities, including CLAN, Archway and Befriend a Child.
If you’re interested in registering for this year’s Nippy Dipper visit http://aberdeenlionsclub.org