A new partnership has taken over at the helm of the world-renowned Portsoy Boat Festival.
Following the death of the former chairman Roger Goodyear MBE earlier this year and the resignation of his co-organiser Keith Newton, the position was left vacant.
But now, new leaders Myles Murray and Vivien Rae have been appointed to lead the organising committee.
After the success of the event, which was staged earlier this summer, preparations are already underway for the 2020 Scottish Traditional Boat Festival in Portsoy.
The group has already taken on additional enthusiastic volunteers with a range of skills and ideas to safeguard the future of the festival.
They have also attracted a team of volunteers to bring together the coastal event.
Miss Rae, who has coordinated the marketing and PR for the festival since 2012, said: “I’m really looking forward to working with Myles, the volunteer team and many supporters to create a full and exciting programme which will celebrate Portsoy and the north east’s rich culture and heritage.
“Without the dedication and hard work of the volunteer team, the festival simply would not take place, yet with thanks to the strong leadership and efforts of volunteers previously, the Boat Festival is now firmly on the international events calendar and brings a significant number of visitors and revenue to Portsoy annually.
“It is a progressive time for tourism in the north-east and we want to ensure the festival and Portsoy remain at the forefront and firmly on the tourist map.”
Attracting up to 16,000 visitors, the Boat Festival has a packed programme of demonstrations, food, drink, crafts and entertainment.
Next year’s event will take place on June 20 and 21.
Certain elements of the programme are already in place with Scottish band Skerryvore headlining on Friday and the return of the Shetland Viking Jarl Squads and their torch-lit parade.
Mr Murray, who led the Vikings at this year’s event, said: “I am delighted to be co-chairman of the festival and to be working alongside Vivien and the many volunteers who make the event a success.
“Roger Goodyear was pivotal in me becoming involved in the event and I am dedicated to contributing to its ongoing success.
“As a team, we will all work hard to continue to grow the event and to ensure that those who visit enjoy their experience. “