A LOCAL businessman is celebrating Inverclyde's heritage by displaying murals on his historic work premises.

Fergus Monk, who owns a garage in West Quay Port Glasgow, was inspired by his surroundings to commission local artist Jim Strachan to provide artwork for the arches of the building.

The murals were completed this year and Mr Monk is delighted with the finished product.

Fergus said: "He painted images on boards in his studio in Greenock, then fixed them onto the arches.

"I wanted something nice on the arches."

Fergus, 61, who hails from Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides, was happy to give Jim free rein with the murals, his only stipulation was that they were colourful.

He said: "I gave Jim plenty of leeway but I asked for bright colours."

The artwork depicts people at work and at play.

The building dates back to 1853 and was previously a working pier.

Fergus has owned it for 10 years and is passionate about preserving it for the future.

He said: "It is quite an historic building and I've spent a lot of time and my own money restoring it.

"I have cleaned the stonework, replaced and renewed all the pointing and maintained the building.

"It is up to the owners of historic buildings to maintain them otherwise they will go to ruin."

Fergus has been in business since 1994 and in the motor trade since he was 16, beginning his career in Kilmacolm.

Fergus said: "This is a beautiful part of Scotland.

"There's a lot happening in Port Glasgow just now with the retail development and the resurgence of Ferguson's shipyard.

"It's a brilliant time for the town and I am very proud of the heritage of the area.

Artist Jim said: "I held a grand opening to unveil the murals for Fergus and his wife and he was quite emotional.

"The theme was work and play - a Sunday afternoon when people put on their finery and walk up and down the prom, waiting for the Waverley to come in and a wee band starts up and there's sing-song.

"And on Monday morning they're back at work, the women are gutting fish and men are bringing in the trawlers.

"There is a background of the Port Glasgow seascape and I also included a mountain in Benbecula, a reference to home."