Police are still no closer to establishing the cause of a fire which gutted a historic Aberdeenshire curling clubhouse.
The clubhouse Vale of Alford Curling Club was reduced to ashes in July – destroying 140 years of the group’s cherished history.
Curling stones and other sporting equipment along with pictures and records from the club’s history were lost in the flames.
Police believe the fire was started deliberately and yesterday issued a fresh plea for information into the incident – which took place between July 11 and 12.
Members of the sports group have tabled an action plan to rebuild the clubhouse in Murray Park as soon as they can and hope to raise between £40,000 and £50,000 to reconstruct the building and replace lost equipment.
Constable Neil Duncan said: “The Vale of Alford Curling Club is a historic and important part of the local community.
“Inquiries are continuing into the fire and we would like to again appeal to anyone who may have knowledge of what happened.
“We would particularly like to appeal to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious or unusual in the area at the time to contact us.”
Anyone who wishes to donate equipment of funds to the group should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07834 946557.
It comes as the police issues an appeal for witnesses to a fire which destroyed about 400 hay bales on a farm near Rothienorman earlier this week.
The 13 firefighters worked for seven hours to bring the blaze in a field off the unclassified Fyvie to Cross of Jackson road under control on Monday morning.
Constable Ryan Rice, of Turriff police office, said the bales are “of considerable value to the farmer, and spread to a nearby telephone pole and boundary fence”.