A popular Cumnock swimming club has announced its intention to disband following the news of the pending closure of Auchinleck Leisure Centre.

The Chronicle has previously reported how a meeting took place in the Auchinleck centre on Monday evening following East Ayrshire Council's (EAC) plans to close the facility.

Around 100 people attended in a bid to force a U-turn on the decision.

READ MORE: Meeting urges council to think again over centre closure

It's also the council's intention to demolish the Auchinleck Academy building, as of April 2024.

Now, Cumnock Dolphins Swimming CLUB has announced the centre's closure could mean the end for the club after six decades.

A spokesperson posted on social media: "Due to the decision made by East Ayrshire Council to close Auchinleck Leisure Centre at the end of November, Cumnock Dolphins will cease to function as a swimming club as we have nowhere to go.

"After 60 happy years of swimming, we're sad to say our last session will be on Tuesday 28th November.

"Further information will be included in a letter to parents as soon as possible.

"Thank you for your support."

However, all hope may not be lost as Kaye Hannah, chairperson of Cumnock and District Leisure Group who operate Visions Leisure Centre in Cumnock, says that they have reached out to the Cumnock group about switching their place of operation.

East Ayrshire Council last week announced financial support for the Cumnock centre.

READ MORE: Council support for Visions Leisure centre

Kaye responded to Cumnock Dolphins Swimming CLUB's announcement by saying: "As Chairperson of Visions Leisure, I have personally message their Facebook page as we would be delighted to welcome them back to Visions.

"We had not been asked and we are hoping to be opening 7 days a week going forward, so hopefully we can accommodate them".