A hotel which has been at the heart of the east Belfast community for 60 years has closed with the loss of 45 jobs.
Former guests at the Park Avenue Hotel on Holywood Road lamented the loss of the venue, which was taken over last year by the Beannchor Group, which owns the Merchant Hotel.
As well as hosting weddings and other family celebrations, it was a location for everything from political party conferences to body-building competitions.
Arnold Schwarzenegger competed in the hotel during his body-building career in the 1960s - and in the same visit he swung by the old Belfast Telegraph building on Royal Avenue, where he demonstrated his strength by lifting two women.
Beannchor announced its intention to shut the venue in March, but uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated its demise.
One former guest reminisced about her time at the hotel.
"Spent our wedding night there in 1977 and then went back for our 25th wedding anniversary in 2002 and was hoping we would spend our 50th there as well. Great memories," she wrote online.
Beannchor filed a proposal of application notice earlier this year for potential redevelopment of the site.
The hotel formerly belonged to Billy Stephens, an ex-director of Glentoran Football Club.
Over the decades it played host to Glentoran celebrations and annual dinners, as well as political shindigs.
It hosted years of DUP party conferences, seeing scenes of jubilation when Arlene Foster was announced as leader of the party there in 2015.
But it also hosted the end of political journeys, including Mike Nesbitt's resignation speech when he stepped down as Ulster Unionist leader in 2017.
It has also hosted the Alliance Party's annual conference.
The present-day building was a replacement for an older hotel which burnt down in 1964.
A spokesman for Beannchor Group said the venue would not be reopening after "an extended period of financial uncertainty which has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 circumstances".
The cancellation of tour bookings and events had left the business, which entered into a Company Voluntary Arrangement - a type of insolvency - at the end of July, in an "unviable" trading position, the spokesman added.
"We are gravely disappointed by the situation at which we have arrived and the impact it had on staff," Beannchor said.
"Despite making a number of significant changes to hotel operations prior to Covid-19, the recent devastating impact on the tourism industry has been too great to continue a viable hotel in this location.
"Our intention to take forward a planning application for the possible development of new homes on the lands of the Park Avenue Hotel remain intact.
"The hotel closure highlights that it is no longer sustainable for the property to continue as a hotel asset.
"It is therefore important that alternative uses are explored for the site."
The local tourism industry in has been badly hit by Covid-19 and the associated lockdown.
Last week the Hotels Federation said it expected that annual revenues for tourism would reach £500m, half the £1bn of the year before.
Hotels reopened at the start of July but experienced occupancy levels of just 21.4% during the first few weeks of trading after the lifting of lockdown.