South Ayrshire ice enthusiasts headed to Ayr Ice Rink for perhaps the very last time on Saturday.

The event, led by the Ayr Bruins ice hockey team, saw locals and visitors to the area attend the local ice rink for what could be the very last time after a proposed buyout of the event space was halted.

Ayr Advertiser: Alex Strachan Bruins chairman and Jim MurrayAlex Strachan Bruins chairman and Jim Murray (Image: Alex Strachan Bruins chairman and Jim Murray)

A group of investors, headed by Glasgow Ice Centre in conjuction with other local groups, last month tabled an offered to buy the ice rink from owners Ayrshire Curlers Ltd.

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However, those proposals have now been halted after it was uncovered during a due dilligence process that Ayr Ice Rink and its owners were under "substantial debt".

The news forced the new potential owners to withdraw their offer.

Ayr Advertiser:

A statement on the Ayr Bruins Junior Ice Hockey Club social media page read: “Ayr Bruins Junior Ice Hockey Club, Kyle Figure Skating Club and Ayr Figure Skating Club understand that as of yesterday (Thursday), Glasgow Ice Centre had to withdraw their offer to purchase Ayr Ice Rink from Ayrshire Curlers Ltd.

Ayr Advertiser:

“During the due diligence process carried out by representatives of this joint venture, a substantial debt attributed to Ayr Ice Rink was discovered. This monetary debt was never disclosed to the group during discussions or submissions of the previous offers.

Ayr Advertiser:

“The group are now in the process of taking legal advice and seeking clarity in relation to liabilities of this debt, with the intention of preparing and submitting a final revised offer.

Ayr Advertiser:

“The doors of the rink may close tomorrow at 6pm, but the fight to Save Ayr Ice Rink goes on.”

All images supplied by Charlie Gilmour Photography

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