Christmas celebrations in a North-east community which are facing the axe could be saved after a council vowed to step in.
Concerns have been raised that the Scottish Government could put the brakes on an Aberdeen City Council bid to expand its fleet of environmentally-friendly vehicles.
Small and medium sized businesses in the north-east will get only 1% of a £25million European funding pot after local authorities did not apply to get the cash.
With decommissioning edging its way to the forefront of North Sea industry minds, yards are already vying for a slice of a pie thought to be worth £50million over 30 years.
A major road in Aberdeen has been partially blocked following a crash between an articulated lorry and a car.
Scores of people have called for the chief executive of the Offshore Contractors Association to be sacked.