Villagers been given a major boost in their efforts to fund extensive repairs to Collieston Pier.
Around £27,000 was raised from a charity dinner held to bring in cash to help with restoring the storm-damaged structure.
The good news comes as a student group from a Dutch University have outlined details of a research project for the work.
Pier Group chairman David Stewart praised the support for the charity event.
He told the Times: “This is a result which is very encouraging for the pier committee, and we would like to thank everyone who supported us in so many ways to make this event such a success.”
A group of engineering students from Delft University visited Collieston last December during a tour of Scotland and indicated their willingness to assist with a pier project.
Mr Stewart said the committee would now have enough money to carry out essential repairs to the pier during the summer months.
The group have been in discussions with Marine Scotland about grant assistance and it was earlier agreed that they would resume once the project work was finalised.
Mr Stewart added: “The amount raised from the charity dinner will certainly help us when it comes to matching funding.”
The pier restoration plans have been gathering pace over the last few months and various fund-raising events have been organised.
The structure was built in 1894 to provide a safer harbour for the local fishing fleet.
By the late 1950s the structure had fallen into disrepair after years of pounding from north-easterly gales and the pier has suffered further damage in recent years.
Local volunteers have put in hundreds of hours to repair storm damage.