Ballater took another important step towards banishing the memory of the floods on Saturday when hundreds turned out for the Muckle Fest.
Around 500 people thronged the Kirk Green for a day of live music and around £1000 was gathered by the Charitable Chiels for local causes.
Sheridans the local butchers even made a special Muckle Fest sausage.
The event was the idea of local slater David Crawford, also a retained firefighter, who was at the forefront of the Storm Frank rescues in the village along with colleagues.
He wanted a free day of fun on the Green for the people of Ballater and a committee was formed to organise it.
Local Councillor Katrina Farquhar, a committe member, said: “The event gave the Kirk Green a fantastic atmosphere and the community spirit shone through. We had four live bands playing from 2 until 8pm and the village had a great atmosphere. The sun shone making it even more special.”
She added: “We formed the committee in the spring time hoping to lay on a community event just for everyone to come along and relax after the year it has been. We couldn’t have planned it better.
“We were very grateful for donations from Charitable Chiels, Ballater Highland Games, Hilton Craigendarroch, Rotary and The Prince’s Trust. Without their generosity the event wouldn’t have happened.”
Ballater Charitable Chiel Bill Lyon was a familiar figure on the day, touring the crowds with a collection bucket and raising more than £1000 for local groups.
The live bands were Jiggery Pokery from Logie Coldstone, Eclipse from Caithness, Easily Led from Tarland, who then also played at Ballater Golf Club, and The Dangleberries.