Restoration works worth tens of thousands of pounds on one of Harwich’s historic landmarks have been completed.

The historic Harwich Harbour Ferry which was damaged when gale force winds battered the coast last year will soon be back in action after more than £12,000 was raised to have it restored.

The foot ferry was wrenched from its mooring at Ha’Penny Pier in Harwich in September when an unpredicted storm pounded the 40-foot vessel against a pontoon, damaging its hull.

The 10-ton ferry was filled with water and badly damaged in the storm, with a GoFundMe appeal set up by one of its users to help get her back in service. The popular ferry which provides a vital service for the communities of Harwich, Shotley and Felixstowe, will be back in action from Monday following a huge restoration.

Owners Chris and Lucy Zemann, who took the business over in 2015 when it was on the brink of closure, have been working tirelessly to repair the vessel.

Work has also included the installation of new safety systems, alarms, dashboard, propeller, stern gland, heating system and 300m of cables.

Donations of £12,200 and the insurance pay out were topped up by the owners, who said they have been inundated with messages of support.