Evening Telegraph

Local artist donates paintings after ‘lowlifes’ steal from wall of public toilets

Residents in East Haven have taken to the easel following a brazen theft which shocked the village.

John Keen (caretaker of the East Haven toilets) and Wendy Edwards (artist, who donated two of her paintings to replace the ones stolen)

“Lowlife” thieves plundered three paintings from the wall of the public toilets in the village, which has been transformed into an art gallery.

The toilets are run by local charity East Haven Together and have become affectionately known as the Loo-uvre.

Wendy Murray, from East Haven Together, said: “Artists among the heritage and garden group were shocked and upset when it was discovered that three paintings had disappeared from the gallery at the toilets.

“The theft sparked an outcry on social media along with expressions of support for the facility, which is managed by local residents.

“Following the loss, the ‘wee gallery’ artists described themselves as ‘resolute’ and said they were determined not to allow one individual undermine the facility and enjoyment of others.

“Consequently, they have been working on a number of paintings to replace the spaces left on the wall as a result of the thefts.”

In a surprise gesture, Birkhill artist Wendy Edwards donated a watercolour painting of East Haven.

Wendy said she wanted to support local artists at this difficult time.

It’s been suggested the painting could be put on cards which could be subsequently sold to raise money for East Haven Together.