(Michael Traill getting pic at 3pm)
A cherished fixture in a popular Moray park could soon be open again under new management.
The doors of the ice cream kiosk at Grant Park in Forres have remained closed this year, while the council searches for new tenants.
For generations, children have queued up at the counter to get a cool snack at the counter during the summer holidays.
But this year, their hopes have been dashed with the shutters remaining firmly fixed over the serving hatch.
Forres Community Council chairman, Graham Hilditch, believes the reopening of the kiosk would add to recent business developments in the town.
He said: “The more trade we have here, the better. There have been a couple of shops opening up on the High Street in the last couple of weeks – the more the better.
“It would take a committed person to get a good turnover out of it, it’s a bit out of town, but there’s potential there.”
Moray Council has not published a monthly rent for the kiosk – instead explaining that “offers are invited”.
An advert on the authority’s website explains that any new tenant would be responsible for carrying out any repairs needed to bring the building back into use.
In previous years, Forres councillor Aaron McLean saw the kiosk thriving while he played cricket in Grant Park.
He said: “It’s usually well used during the summer. If it’s a nice day, then it could be very busy. The play park is right next to it, so there can be lots of families going about.”