Mild weather breaks the ice as winter wonderland closes
A winter wonderland has been forced into liquidation after the unseasonably mild weather melted its ice rink.
Colchester Winter Wonderland and Ice Rink opened 25 days ago but has been unable to open on six of those days.
Customers posted on Facebook to described the ice rink as "one huge puddle" and a "swimming pool ice rink".
About 5,000 people are thought to have booked tickets to attend between now and January 3.
It comes as the chances of a white Christmas look slim with the country bracing itself for Storm Eva after a period of unusually mild temperatures.
Attraction bosses Reflective Ice said it had become financially impossible to continue operating. In a post on Facebook, the company said the warm weather had "destroyed the ice pad".
The company has now advised people with bookings to contact their credit and debit card companies about a refund.
It has warned those whose payments are not protected or who paid by cash that they will be treated as unsecured creditors.
The company said it had to close due to "unseasonably high temperatures and strong winds throughout November and December".
Staff have begun dismantling the site which included fairground attractions and festive stalls.
The statement said: " After taking legal advice, Reflective Ice Ltd is going into liquidation and has begun the process of appointing administrators.
"This decision has been taken with deep regret as it will have a major impact on its staff, partners and customers.
"Reflective Ice Ltd sincerely thanks their staff, customers, business partners and supporters.
"There has been a huge amount of support for the ice rink in Colchester and on social media. This is a very sad day for Reflective Ice Ltd."
Customers posted on Facebook to express their disappointment, with many offering sympathy to the organisers.
Some who succeeded in visiting the attraction said they had a fantastic time and hoped it would return in future.
More information is available on the company's website www.colchestericerink.co.uk.