A popular North-east festival that has entertained crowds from all over the world and attracted the likes of Billy Connolly is celebrating its 30th birthday.
The Stonehaven Folk Festival takes place in July but tonight was to see a special concert to mark three decades of music.
Scottish folk legend Dougie MacLean, who played at the first festival in 1988, was due to entertain the crowd at the Town Hall concert.
Former committee members have been invited to the launch event as a thank you to everyone who has supported the festival over the years.
Current committee chairman Charlie West said: “It is great we are celebrating the 30th year.
“We’ve got the launch event and we have invited former committee members to come and celebrate with us.
“When the folk festival is in full swing you see a lot of faces but you don’t get a good opportunity to stop and catch up with them due to being so busy.
“This is why we wanted to give former committee members the chance to come along to the event for a catch-up.
“In total, I believe we have around 38 people who have been on the committee over the years.
“It is a celebration and a thank you for all the hard work that is put in to make the festival possible.
“It is great that Dougie is here considering he played at the first folk festival and he has always come back and played special events like our 25th anniversary.
“Each year we try to get new acts to come but it is always special to have someone who played at the first event.”
During the folk festival – from July 5-8 – events will take place all across the coastal town, including daily workshops, singarounds and music sessions, as well as the internation-ally famous World Paper ’n’ Comb Championships.
Another popular part of the weekend is the annual aqua ceilidh that takes place at the town’s heated outdoor pool.
Added to the folk festival calendar in 1996, the ceilidh attracts hundreds of people wanting to do a bit of Scottish country dancing in the art deco pool.
The folk festival regularly attracts thousands of traditional music fans from as far afield as Australia, Canada and the United States.
Charlie has been involved with the event for a number of years, first getting involved during the third festival.
This year will be his 10th as chairman of the organising committee.
He added: “As it is our 30th year we are hoping to have a few surprises lined up. I think the festival will continue to evolve and will always be around in some way.
“However, we always try to do something different year on year to keep people coming back. I’m really looking forward to this year’s festival.”