People in Ellon have been challenged to step forward and become involved in local politics.
They are being urged to contest next month’s community council election when five seats will be up for grabs.
The gauntlet was thrown down at Monday night’s council meeting when chairman Sandy McDougall made an impassioned plea for local people to put their names forward.
He warned that if Ellon were to become a force for change it would require people of imagination, resolve and drive to come forward and offer to stand next month.
Mr McDougall added: “Ellon has so much untapped talent available it would be a shame not to see it emerge and serve the community.
“It is not in the interest of the community to have a static system, the more people who are exposed to serving the better for the town.”
The chairman said he was keen to see a regular flow of members coming through the council.
He added: “It’s a great opportunity to get involved, and influence what goes on in Ellon, a chance to influence what happens in Aberdeenshire, rather than just sit back and let others make the decisions.”
Ellon and District councillor Rob Merson backed the call with one of his own.
He said: “Local politics can be exciting. There are so many live issues out there just waiting to be exploited.
“I welcome any drive to get individuals on board.”
The process of election involves all potential candidates picking up a nomination form at the Formartine Area office and putting their names forward.
Five seats will be vacant at next month’s election.
For members of the public who want to know more about the workings of the local community council, the Ellon Health and Well Being Group will be running a Fit Like Ellon information session in the community centre on Saturday, June 8, from 10am to 2pm.
Ellon and District councillor Isobel Davidson said: ““If you want to learn more about your local community come along when some 75 different organisations will be participating, including Ellon Community Council.”
The groups involve a range of sports bodies, including the local cycle club, cricket club, the Meadows Sports Centre and the Middleton Trust, while the art sector is also to the fore.
Care is equally prominent in the form of welfare in the community. Ellon Rotary lead the way, supported by public health bodies.