A long-running charity contest on the River Don has been called off to protect newly-established flood defences built in the wake of Storm Frank.
The annual Garioch Lions raft race will not take place this summer following work to protect properties along the riverbank in Port Elphinstone and Keithhall in Inverurie.
The fun event, which raises money for local kidney and cancer research causes, takes place annually between Kemnay Academy’s playing fields and Davidson Park in Port Elphinstone.
The rivers Don and Ythan both reached record highs on January 7, 2016, with the deluge flooding 130 homes and 16 businesses in Inverurie, Port Elphinstone and Kintore; and a further 64 homes and three businesses in Ellon.
Aberdeenshire Council has now rebuilt the Davidson Park bund in Port Elphinstone, which gave way when the Don burst its banks during the floods.
A similar defence has been put in place further down the river at Keithhall by Scottish Water.
The organisers of the raft race said the event would be put on hold until 2018 to allow for the newly-built bund in place at Davidson Park to settle.
They had feared that rafts being dragged on top of the defence may have wrecked it.
Jim Souter, president of the Garioch Lions, said: “We’d have felt very bad if we’d done any damage. We used to pull them out over the bund. Next year it should be settled.”