A sculpture has been unveiled to celebrate the history of a North-east village.
The three-tonne granite statue was revealed in Elrick by broadcaster and author Robbie Shepherd, along with members of local heritage societies.
Schoolchildren and teachers, members of the University of Aberdeen history department, as well as a Clydesdale horse from the City of Aberdeen Clydesdale Horse Society, were among those who attended.
Situated in the grounds of the Hampton by Hilton hotel, the sculpture depicts Elrick of a bygone age, and represents a Clydesdale horse carved from the natural rock, surrounded by traditional agricultural equipment.
The sculpture is supported by a plinth set with polished granite plaques upon which are engraved Doric poetry and tales from local storytellers and heritage experts are engraved.
The piece is by Bruce Walker, and was cut from a huge piece of granite taken from Craigenlow Quarry in nearby Dunecht.
Sculptor Bruce was born in Aberdeenshire and trained in Aberdeen in the 1960s.
He was among the first to perfect diamond hand-engraving on polished granite.
In order that Bruce could capture the essence of the village he met Adam Craigmile, a 102-year-old, who had lived in the area until his death last year.
The sculptor was inspired by Mr Craigmile’s memories of agricultural life and the history of the Clydesdale horses once used in the area.
He said: “There were so many stories. The difficulty was scaling them back to just one piece of art, but the plaques on the plinth are able to help tell the tales of the past using Doric verse which brings the piece to life.”
Robbie said: “I am delighted to be asked to unveil this magnificent sculpture here at Elrick as a lasting legacy of what was a vibrant way of village life.
“Born and brought up in Dunecht, the son of the village souter, I can well appreciate the role played by local craftsmen and women over the years.
“The Clydesdale horse symbolises our agricultural past; something that must be preserved.”