An online crowdfunding page has been launched in a bid to buy a replacement piano for Dundee station after “low-life” vandals left it in ruin.
The musical instrument was donated by Dave Patterson in memory of his music-loving wife Jean, who was a ScotRail employee.
It was placed in the foyer of the new £38m station entrance and has become a popular fixture with the public invited to sit down and play a tune.
Mr Patterson, 84, bought the piano specifically for the concourse but it has now been removed after vandals damaged it.
British Transport Police say they are investigating the incident after being called to the station at around 7pm on Wednesday.
Now Greg Joiner has launched a bid to help raise £2,000 for a new piano – or to donate the money raised to a charity of Mr Patterson’s choosing.
So far, almost £1,400 has been raised in just 14 hours with one person donating £500.
On the gofundme page, Greg wrote: “On Wednesday, a mindless low-life decided to destroy the piano at Dundee station dedicated to Jean Patterson.
“This is not my Dundee, they don’t represent my city, they don’t represent its people.
“We will replace this piano so that people know we’re better than this.
“If Mr Patterson doesn’t want the piano replaced then all the money donated will go to a charity of his choosing. The same for any excess money raised.
“Dundee is better than this.”
Mr Patterson’s daughter-in-law, Audrey Patterson, told The Courier her family had been left in shock.
She said: “We’re disappointed and upset. It was damaged to the extent that it had to be removed.
“It was deemed unsafe by the staff there, I believe. I don’t know much more than that but it’s just disheartening. My father-in-law is obviously upset about it all.”
ScotRail, who manage the facility, said it is unclear at this stage when exactly the vandalism took place, or whether it was captured on CCTV.
A spokesperson said: “Vandalism and antisocial behaviour is completely unacceptable, and we will work with British Transport Police to bring those responsible to justice.”
A spokesperson for British Transport Police said: “Were you at the station at the time? Did you see anything?
“Call 0800 405040 or text 61016 if you have information which could help us, quoting 569 of August 22.”