Reopening of North-east aquarium delayed after work takes longer than expected

The reopening of a major North-east tourist attraction has been delayed.

Macduff Marine Aquarium has been closed to the public for the summer while refurbishment works got under way.

The project, which was initially criticised for not coming at an “ideal” time to capitalise on families being off during peak holiday time, included draining the facility’s 400,000-litre holding tank and completely replacing its reef exhibit.

It was due to relaunch this weekend with a “big splash” event for youngsters, but was cancelled when it was announced more work was required to ensure the main tank was fit for purpose.

A spokeswoman for the facility said: “The works on our kelp reef exhibit are taking longer than expected and we will remain closed for the time being.

“Please bear with us meantime – we’re very sorry for any disappointment.”

The event had been billed as a weekend of family fun. Children would have been allowed to help decorate the aquarium with graffiti and help ring in the facility’s 20th birthday with cake.

Top wildlife photographer Gordon Buchannan was also scheduled to appear.

They will now take place in October.