The stirring sound of bagpipes will once again reverberate around a north-east town.
The fifth annual North of Scotland Pipe Band Championships return to George V Park in Banchory next month.
There will be about 25 pipe bands from across Scotland competing in the event with a further 2,000 visitors expected to come along to enjoy the traditional music.
The event has been organised by the Banchory Business Association and is sponsored by a number of local companies.
Paul Panchaud, the group’s secretary, said: “This is one of the main events organised by the BBA and it brings hundreds of visitors into the area every year.
“We are very grateful for the generous support received from our main sponsors, McCombie Builders, The Unit Gym and Fitness and Leys Business Services.
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“There are also a number of other local companies who get involved and help us to put on this fantastic community event.
“The depth of musical talent which performs on the day is quite something and we’re hoping to see many of the same bands as last year and welcome a few new ones.”
Officials are confident the event will continue to encourage an interest in traditional music among the younger generation.
Mr Panchaud added: “We have worked hard to organise an event that everyone will enjoy and we’re pleased to announce that we have more stands than ever before.
“There are plenty of activities to keep children occupied on the day as well as a drinks tent for adults.
“We’ve got lots of local food and drinks producers providing catering at the event and our craft marquee will be hosting a number of talented crafters from Banchory and the surrounding area. The championships are an event not to be missed.”
The event takes place on May 12, with gates opening at 10am and admission is £5, including free parking.