ORGANISERS of Cromarty’s popular Ne’er Day Splash and Dash have sadly confirmed it will not be returning.
The community event regularly saw hundreds take a bracing plunge into the firth – many in fancy dress – but was cancelled for a second year running this New Year’s Day, following a change to organisers’ personal circumstances.
Now they have said they simply do not have the time to give the event the attention it needs.
Georgia Macleod of Cromarty Arts Trust said: "It ran for six years and grew from around 20 people running into the sea and even fewer taking part in the run, to 230 splashers and 155 dashers, with an estimated 600 spectators last time it took place in 2015.
"The event proved a great way for folk to come together to wish each other a happy new year, for some to shake off the excesses of the night before and to generally see in a new year in a fun, friendly and wacky way.
"As our personal circumstances have now changed and the rapid growth of the event has meant an even bigger amount of time is required to pull it all together, we original organisers are sadly unable to continue with the event."
Ms Macleod thanked supporters and sponsors including The Royal Hotel in the village and event photographer Calum Davidson who sadly passed away earlier this year.
Former participants took to Facebook to pay tribute to organisers in the wake of the news.
Helen Elliot said: "You did a fantastic job of organising this for many years on a day that not many people would be willing to crawl out of bed to organise, so a huge thank you to all!"