Several branches of one of the UK’s oldest youth institutions are in danger of closure.
A lack of volunteer officers in the North-east means at least nine Boys’ Brigade branches are currently at risk, despite healthy numbers of members.
Such adult officials are responsible for organising activities for regional battalions.
In Fraserburgh, the situation has become so difficult that retired officers have been returning to the ranks.
Michael Strachan, the former president of the Buchan battalion, left the BB in May after a decade.
But since walking away he has been approached by three companies struggling to fill their vacancies.
Mr Strachan, pictured, said: “The companies at Rosehearty, Sandhaven, New Pitsligo and New Deer are all in need of volunteer leaders.
“If more volunteers don’t come forward, it is likely some of those companies will be forced to close in the immediate future.”
Mr Strachan has now signed up at New Deer, but the others still require urgent assistance.
In Moray, volunteers are required at groups in Elgin, Rothes, Forres and Burghead.
John Sharp, BB director for Scotland, said: “Becoming a BB leader will allow you to develop new skills, build positive relationships and make a lasting difference to the lives of children, young people and the wider community.”