Thousands of north-east history buffs turned out to have their family heirlooms and collectables valued by the Antiques Roadshow.
Presenter Fiona Bruce hosted the recording of the popular BBC programme – which was in the north-east for the first time in a decade, at picturesque Crathes Castle.
A team of experts, in areas such as militia and silver, were available to give members of the public free advice and valuations at the day-long event at the castle near Banchory.
Fiona said: “It’s been a while and it’s really nice to come back, especially coming back to Crathes and seeing the gardens as I’m a really keen gardener.
“It’s always really nice to see something with a bit of locality, something that has come from the local area, but you have no idea what will come up really.
“We’ve got our specialist, John Benjamin, who has these pieces of 17th century jewellery that were used as talismans against being poisoned, to cast a love spell against your object of desire and the audience will guess which is which.
“Our silver experts have also got some Scottish silver and we’re going to guess which one is basic, better and best and so far this year I haven’t done well with guessing.”
Fiona added returning to Crathes was somewhat of a homecoming. She said: “My dad was born in Aberdeen and he and previous generations of my family lived in a little fishing village called Hopeman, near Lossiemouth.
“My great-grandmother sold herring down the railway line but my father was the first in the family not to go out on the boat – my grandmother thought it was too dangerous.
“It’s lovely to come back, and I still have relatives in Hopeman who came out to see me last time I was there.”
Jill Kinnear, of Cruden Bay, was one of the many who turned out with some personal mementos. She said: “I’ve got a hatbox that I had given to me as a gift. I know nothing about it and I’m just curious to find out more.
“I’ve also got an inkwell from Fife from a known potter in that area.”
Brian Smith, a funeral director from Banchory, had a paraffin iron valued, but disappointingly, for a measly sum.
“He said: “We got it valued but only out of curiously and for fun.
“It’s been a great day out.”
Taxi driver Elizabeth Forbes, a grandmother of 24 from Aberdeen, had a vintage teddy bear valued and was overjoyed with the response.
The 77-year-old said: “The expert here couldn’t believe how much of a good condition it was in.”
The programme will be aired at a later date.