An annual celebration at a north-east harbour is to highlight the dangers of plastics in the sea.
The Stonehaven Harbour Festival will take place this month, but organisers have decided to shine the spotlight on rubbish on the beach, with a special clean-up.
The annual festival is organised in a joint effort by three of the seaside town’s community groups.
A beach clean at the harbour will take place this Saturday from 11am with members of the public invited to help.
Surfers Against Sewage, which has organised a number of beach cleans in the north-east over the last couple of years, will take part in the event.
All the rubbish collected from the clean-up will be put on show at the festival on August 26.
The display is intended to highlight the dangers to marine wildlife when rubbish ends up in the sea.
The Stonehaven and District Rotary Club, Round Table and Lions Club will once again join forces, with this year’s theme being “Save the Sea”.
Peter Newell, a founding member of the festival and member of the Rotary Club, said organisers wanted to highlight the dangers to marine life.
He said: “I’m delighted that Surfers Against Sewage want to be associated with our Stonehaven Harbour Festival.
“Over the years we have had a nautical theme, from pirates to Vikings, and last year Splasher the dolphin, the mascot for the open air awimming pool, opened the festival and was a great success.
“During 2018 there has been much publicity in the UK and worldwide about the dangers of plastics being dumped in the sea and other debris which is harmful to marine life.
“This year we have invited Splasher once again to open the festival so we all felt it appropriate to highlight the issue of plastics and the threat it poses to real-life Splashers.”
The harbour festival will also have a number of stalls from community groups as well as the annual sandcastle competition.
A demonstration by the RNLI will also take place at the harbour during the event.