A fundraising campaign has been launched to keep Dundee icon Champion the Wonder Horse at home in the city.
Adopted Dundonian Katherine Robison mounted the online appeal after we revealed Champion’s owner had put the ride-on horse up for sale.
The fundraiser, hosted on the GoFundMe website, aims to raise the £8,250 asking price and donate the arcade ride to Dundee Museum of Transport, where Champion is currently on display.
Durham-born Katherine, who has lived in Dundee for 10 years, said her children Michael, 3, and one-year-old Yvain were “obsessed” with visiting Champion.
The 36-year-old, from Stobswell, said: “I went to university here and met my husband Colin here – it is my adopted home.
“For me it’s about keeping Champion as a reminder of old Dundee for new Dundonians.”
Champion’s current owner Bill Adam bought the ride-on horse in 1981.
Bill, who grew up in Dundee’s Carolina House orphanage and spent much of his childhood visiting Champion at Shore Terrace arcade, said he hoped the fundraising campaign would succeed.
He said the asking price would cover restoration costs and ensure that potential buyers were serious.
“The fact is it has cost quite a bit to have him restored,” Bill added.
“Even the money I’m asking for probably couldn’t cover the cost of replacing him.
“The fact that Champion is still working and is in such good condition means his true worth far exceeds the asking price.
“I absolutely want Champion to stay in Dundee and remain on show because if I took him back he’d sit in the spare room.
“As far as I’m concerned he should always be on display.”