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Rink repairs force clash call-off
Dumfries Ice Bowl
The weekend clash at the Ice Bowl had to be cancelled
An ice hockey match at Dumfries Ice Bowl had to be cancelled at the weekend due to a refrigeration unit fault.

The incident came just weeks after a report warned that the flagship council facility needed major investment to avoid regular equipment failure.

The unit broke down on Saturday but was back up and running within four hours.

A council spokesperson said impact was limited on public skating but the Solway Sharks' tie in the Northern League had to be postponed.

The council has already acknowledged that the rink refrigeration system needs replaced as part of a wider upgrade of the 14-year-old building.

It has been estimated that the overall investment required is almost 1.5m.

Potential funding solutions are still being explored by the council.

The recent condition report estimated that the local authority had already lost about 250,000 because of unplanned closures linked to equipment problems.

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