A community has launched a heartfelt appeal to stop its annual summer gala from being forced to close.
Members of Portlethen Gala committee are appealing for volunteers from the community to ensure the event goes ahead this year.
Organisers said the future of the gala, which has been running for four years, could be under threat without more help to run the event.
Committee member Mike Lloyd Wiggins said: “The original committee decided to step down and give other people the chance to step up and run it.
“The people of Portlethen have not really stepped in the breach and we would really like to encourage them to take part in the event.”
He added: “All manner of groups in the community benefit from the money raised from the gala.
“Everything that is raised either goes into investing in next year’s gala or into various community groups and charities.
“We have had thousands attend in previous years – it’s a real family day that people really do enjoy.”
Although the committee is keen for people to apply to join the team, their main appeal is for people to volunteer on the day of the gala.
Mike said: “It takes a lot of people to run the gala so really the more hands on deck, the better.
“What we need most is to have people on the day to do things like man the stalls and keep everything running.
“The gala is 60% completed at this point. We would still love to have a few more people on the committee though.”
Now, the committee has warned that without the help of the community, the gala runs the risk of not going ahead.
Mike said: “If we don’t get the people to volunteer, then the gala just won’t go ahead.
“It’s a fantastic day which is really just meant to inspire pride in the community.
“We want residents to be involved with the day. Ideally we want to see the gala growing every year.
“This isn’t us giving up on it at all – we will come back fighting again, but it would be very disappointing for it to not go ahead this year.”
Anyone interested in volunteering should e-mail email@example.com