The walls have started to come tumbling down on one of Ellesmere Port’s most well-known sports centres.
Demolition of the Epic leisure centre, on McGarva Way, began this week.
The building was a sporting hub from the early 1980s, with its swimming pool, gym and sportshalls. It was once home to the Cheshire Jets basketball team, who now play at the £15m Ellesmere Port Sports Village, which has replaced the Epic.
The leisure centre was not just a sporting focal point for the town for more than 30 years. It was also used for countless roller-discos and bouncy castle birthday parties and, for a time, was the only place in Ellesmere Port where you could watch a film on a full-size cinema screen.
This summer, arrests were made following a disturbance at the Epic building, which has been boarded up with metal sheets ever since.