The generosity of Dundonians has been hailed after a new ‘People’s Piano’ was installed at the city’s rail station.
It comes after the original piano, which was donated by Dundee man David Patterson to honour his late wife and Scotrail worker Jean, was vandalised by yobs.
Mr Paterson’s idea was to place the piano in the station to allow anyone to sit down and play a tune for fellow travellers.
Local man Greg Joiner quickly set up an online crowdfunding page to replace the piano. Hundreds of people contributed to the online appeal, and a total of £4,702 was raised.
The money was used to buy a new upright Yamaha U3 piano and stool which was put in place today.
Rather than sit within the entrance to the station, like the original instrument, the new piano is at platform level to ScotRail staff to monitor it.
ScotRail has also donated a protective cover to prevent further vandalism.
A new brass plate has been installed declaring the instrument to be “the People’s Piano funded by donations from the citizens of Dundee and friends of the city worldwide”.
The original plate dedicated to the late Jean Patterson has also been reinstalled.
The new piano’s unveiling coincides with the opening of the £80m V&A Dundee at the weekend.
ScotRail Area Manager Steve Ewen said: “The community spirit shown to replace the piano has been fantastic.
“We’re delighted that the tribute to Jean is now back in the station for the people of Dundee and beyond to enjoy.”