The Scottish International Airshow has today been dealt a savage blow after council chiefs pulled key funding of the aerobatic event.

Councillors, who met at a specially convened summit this afternoon, agreed to rip up their £250,000 contract to back this year's show.

It follows a behind the scenes fall out between Airshow organisers and South Ayrshire officials over backing of the event.

The Ayrshire Post exclusively revealed last month how a "mistaken" payment of £80,000 from the council had sparked a legal row between both sides.

Furious council bosses have now removed all funding for the Low Green event, claiming Airshow organisers have breached "a number of terms" of their agreement.

It's understood the show, which is due to return this year after a one year break, will be unable to proceed without its council funding stream.

In a statement tonight, the council said: "South Ayrshire Council do not run the Scottish International Airshow, we simply provide grant funding under an agreement with the organisers.

"The organisers have breached a number of terms of this agreement and were given the opportunity to rectify these, but failed to do so.

"The organisers provided two proposals to settle the issue, one of which was to jointly agree the termination of the grant, with the organisers retaining the sum of £80,000 as full and final settlement.

"This payment can be retained by the organisers on the condition that this money is used to settle an outstanding debt due to an external third party creditor for the 2018 event and the accounts due to customers and businesses who have already made payments in respect of the 2020 Scottish International Airshow."