Hopes that the Screen Machine mobile cinema might be set for a return to Cumbrae have been dashed.

Regional Screen Scotland had been hoping to bring the touring cinema back to the island this spring after funding was secured from Screen Scotland to continue the service.

Dates had been announced for April 8-10 including the following films: Wonka, Bob Marley: One Love, Dune 2, Wicked Little Letters, Iron Claw and Little Things.

But customers were emailed on Friday, March 29 with news of an abrupt U-turn.

In the email Regional Screen Scotland spokesperson said: "We are very sorry to be letting you know that we have been forced to cancel this trip.

"The Largs to Cumbrae ferry has imposed a weight restriction with immediate effect and for the foreseeable future, and unfortunately Screen Machine exceeds the limit.

"All bookings will receive a full refund. Our apologies to have to cancel so shortly after we put tickets on sale. We understand how much disappointment this must cause, but we hope to rearrange this visit for the near future."

The email thanked all those who campaigned for the Screen Machine to receive public funding to secure its future and asked ticket buyers to consider adding a small donation to their purchase to cover the rising cost of fuel, accommodation for staff, and ferry fares.

The Screen Machine's visits were a hugely popular attraction on Cumbrae until last year when the island was taken off its schedule due to access issues around the use of a new vehicle.

The 80-seat air-conditioned, digital mobile cinema service has been bringing the latest films to over 40 communities of the Highlands and islands of Scotland since 1998.