A "MAJOR" pipe burst has put City Park's Mirror Pool out of action - just before the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Bradford Council says the burst has caused damage to the fixture's pump room, and "will take some time" to fix.

The announcement on Thursday evening came as people across Bradford were preparing for a four-day weekend, with temperatures expected to rise as high as 23C on Saturday and Sunday.

During hot weather the pool regularly attracts hundreds of visitors a day.

The Mirror Pool was also closed on April 19 last year - on what was the hottest day of 2018 so far - after essential work had been put off by bad weather.

In a tweet and post on Facebook, the Council told people who may be planning to visit the large water feature this weekend of other events taking place in the city.

A statement from the Council says: "The Mirror Pool in City Park, Bradford is out of action due to a major pipe burst, which has caused some damage in the pump room and will take some time to fix.

April 2018: Mirror Pool shut on hottest day of the year

"While it's out of action we will use the time to carry out some routine maintenance.

"Our city centre has some great activities for all during the Easter school hols.

"Until April 28 (11am-3pm) our Bradford Community Play and Development Service will have a fantastic 7m high Spider Mountain - a brand new climbing activity & slide for children - lots of fun & free.

"From 23 to 28 April (12-6pm) there will be small fairground rides in City Park and on 24 & 25 April our Community Play and Development Service have Bounce Planet sessions at Bradford Forster Academy - inflatables, high energy games and challenges and an under 5s Play Zone.

"There are also lots of great Easter events & activities taking place across the whole of the district. All our Bradford Museums and Galleries are free & will all be open throughout the Easter holidays except Good Friday.

"Our Facebook Events page on here and Visit Bradford & www.visitbradford.com have loads of info about what’s on during Easter."

The Council had said earlier in the week that the pool would be closed on Monday, April 15, for maintenance.

In a tweet, the Council apologised for any disappointment caused by the pool being "out of action today for essential maintenance".

Bradford Council has been approached for comment.