THE rich mining history of Comrie has been portrayed in a massive mural on the side of a village pub.

The work of art at the White Gates pub was unveiled last week and was created by Fife artist Donna Forrester.

Catherine Campbell, who runs the pub with partner William Morris, said they wanted to do something to commemorate the heritage of the area.

"I had seen other murals and thought that would be brilliant," she said. "Our area is a mining area and I thought it would be great to have something for the miners to keep the memory alive and for the children to keep it fresh in their memories to see it, growing up.

"I contacted Kelty Street Art and Donna Forrester came through for some discussions. We gave her some ideas and photos and she put it together and came up with what we have got now.

"We are absolutely over the moon – delighted doesn't come close. It is amazing."

The painting depicts a miner and the Comrie Colliery as well as a fish pond, which the mine was famous for.

"It was a big part of Comrie pit – I think it was the only one that had it. That was the one thing the miners said would have to go in," explained Catherine.

"The feedback from customers and the likes has been just outstanding. They are so in awe of it."

Artist Donna painted the massive masterpiece by hand in less than two weeks and her efforts were unveiled last Tuesday.

The artwork cost around £5,000 and was paid for with funding from the White Gates, the Comrie Trust, the Local Community Planning Budget, Oakley and Comrie Community Council, the Retired Miners branch and John and Willie Carberry as well as the Oakley Celtic Supporters Group.