A new medical centre has opened its doors – two decades after locals first hatched a plan to get it built.
The £7 million Crimond Medical and Community Hub will replace the existing medical practice within the tiny village and will also cater for Crimond, St Fergus, Rathen and Lonmay, and the villages of St Combs, Inverallochy and Cairnbulg.
An audience of the scheme’s backers and supporters gathered for the formal opening.
The project began about 20 years ago when residents began campaigning for a new surgery.
They feared the existing facility, a tiny bungalow to the south of the village, would not meet the demands of the nearly 4,000 people in the region.
The project was backed by Peterhead firm Score Group plc, which agreed to underwrite the construction costs of the building.
The firm’s founder Charles Ritchie, who also launched the Crimond Charitable Trust which spearheaded the fundraising efforts of the new practice, said: “We’ve finally got here.”