A popular raft race which it was hoped would make a comeback after more than 15 years will not take place until next year, organisers have confirmed.
In its heyday, the Ythan Raft Race was reckoned to be one of the biggest in Europe, attracting more than 200 competitors and 60 rafts annually.
And despite working tirelessly in a bid to bring the event back, its organisers have said they will be unable to host it this year, with the promise it will instead take place next year.
Issues relating to health and safety, obtaining charity status and meeting event licence requirements by May have led to the race being put back until 2017.
A spokesman for the event said there is a demand for the historic race to return in Ellon.
He said: “Although the return of the raft race will not happen this year we are confident the obstacles in our way will one by one fall over or be moved aside to allow the event to take place in 2017.
“Ellon needs this and Ellon people want this to happen and where there is a will there must be a way.
“We want people to keep their faith and enthusiasm.”
In the 22 years the event was running in the town, competitors raised more than £250,000 for charities.
The race last took place in 2000.