A massive celebration of the region’s emergency services took place in Fraserburgh yesterday amidst heavy downpours.
Hundreds nonetheless turned out to participate in the Blue Light Festival, which each year raises significant sums for local charities.
At the heart of the event, however, is the opportunity to recognise the work of the region’s emergency services and the local lifeboat, police, fire, Coastguard and ambulance teams were all represented.
A parade of all of the town’s emergency vehicles kicked-off Sunday’s offering.
And alongside competitions which pitted the services against each other for fun – including an obstacle course completed by the ambulance and police crews – the event also featured live demonstrations and information for people interested in joining or supporting a blue lights service.
Youngsters also had a part to play and entertained visitors with songs inside the nearby leisure centre, where the event is staged each year.
Last night, organiser Doug Ewen said he was pleased with how it had gone, though numbers were down on the previous year when about 2,000 took part in warmer weather.
He said: “We had just under 2,000 people here, which is excellent, though it wasn’t as many as last year, what with the rain.
“It will probably be a week or two before we get all the money in and counted.
“We will then be able to distribute it to local charities.”