A POPULAR raft race could return next year if attempts to refloat the event are successful.
In its heyday the Ythan Raft Race was reckoned by some to be “the biggest in Europe”, attracting more than 200 competitors and over 60 rafts annually.
In the 22 years the Ellon event was running, competitors raised over £250,000 for charities.
Now, 15 years after the last race in the year 2000, a bid is being made to bring it back.
Former head of Ellon Academy’s Art department, Bill Smith, founded the event in 1979 and ran it for more than two decades, but increasing red tape and lack of access points for organisers were cited as reasons for its demise.
Now, a new wave of residents who were involved in the event as schoolchildren want to see the summer fun day restored.
It is proposed that a new group is set up consisting of members from other community groups in Ellon.
Traditionally, crowds lined the banks and bridges over the Ythan to see the spectacular sight of dozens of colourful rafts on the water, while music and stalls were set up on the riverside.
The day used to attract participants of all ages, ranging from school children to teams of oil company colleagues.
Further meetings to progress the proposal will be held to establish a steering group independent of all other groups in the town.
Since the raft race ended, the community has thrown itself into the annual Ellon Rotary Pedal Car Race which is held every August. The event raises over £12,000 each year for charities.