A crowdfunder to raise money to restore a vandalised painting is closing early following phenomenal community support.
Kelpie Cafe at Banff Castle was broken into on January 4 and the mural –The Hanging of McPherson – was extensively damaged.
The 45-year-old mural, by artist John Stewart, tells the story of freebooter James McPherson who was hanged in 1700 in Banff.
The artwork has been on display for almost four years in the cafe, which is run as a local community project for people with disabilities.
A crowdfunder was set up to raise cash for the restoration of the 15ft long painting and members of the community rallied to donate just under £700.
Mr Stewart, a former art teacher at Banff Academy, has now offered to help repair the mural, meaning a restoration company will no longer need to be called in and costs will be reduced.
Following the huge support from the community and generous donations from local businesses, the Crowdfunder will now be closed.
The painting spent more than 20 years in an Edinburgh attic before being snapped up by John Milne, of Whitehills – a former pupil of Mr Stewart – and he loaned it to the cafe.
It was estimated it would cost a couple of thousand pounds to restore.
He said: “I didn’t think it was going to be possible to repair the damage. I was absolutely gobsmacked at the public’s response.
“It’s great to see people come together and give their support. The Spotty Bag Shop and Crown Motors both pledged huge amounts of money to help with costs.”
Manager of the project Mark McDermott said: “We’re delighted John Stewart is able to come on board, because of that, the work costs are greatly reduced. The painting is really well liked in Banff and Macduff. It’s great people wanted to support the restoration.”
The cafe reopened its doors this week following the incident.