Hundreds of students take part in traditional Gaudie and May Dip

Sunday 1 May 2022

Hundreds of University of St Andrews students gathered at the East Sands at dawn today (Sunday 1 May 2022) to take part in the traditional May Dip.

At sunrise on May Day students make their way down to East Sands and collectively run into the North Sea.

The Dip is a unique St Andrews tradition which is intended to bring good luck to students in their exams and cleanse any academic sins.

The May Dip is also the only cure for the legendary curse of Patrick Hamilton.

The evening before the May Dip, students gather to take part in The Gaudie, a torchlit procession and pier walk in St Andrews.

The annual Gaudie takes place on 30 April to commemorate John Honey, a student who, in 1800, rescued members of the crew of the Janet of Macduff which had run aground off the East Sands.

Every year, students, led by a piper, process by candlelight to the East Sands where they lay a wreath at the site of the shipwreck.

This is the first time The Gaudie and the May Dip have taken place since 2019 due to Covid restrictions.

Issued by the University of St Andrews Communications Office.

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