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.

Demolition of the Epic leisure centre in Ellesmere Port on Monday, December 14, 2015
The bullldozers have moved in on the Epic leisure centre