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Oor Wullie Bucket Trail in Dundee

Oor Wullie sculpture

An ‘Oor Wullie’ Sculpture decorated by Robert Mach

The family publishing firm DC Thomson of Dundee has amused and informed generations of children and adults throughout Britain. Its comics, including The Beano and the now-defunct Dandy, introduced many of us to characters such as Biffo The Bear, Lord Snooty and Dennis The Menace. Other DC Thomson cartoon characters are less well-known south of the border, but continue to entertain Scots in publications including The Sunday Post. One of these is Oor Wullie, the permanently youthful, tin bucket-toting scallywag , who was voted one of the 100 Greatest Scots in a Scran survey at the start of the new millennium.

99980013Scran was delighted, therefore, to receive some images of the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail, a recent initiative in Dundee to populate the city with Oor Wullies. Rather like the Cow Parade initiative in other cities, each of the white Oor Wullies has been uniquely decorated by artists including JoLoMo, Belinda Langlands and John Byrne, and placed in various parts of the city, from the waterfront to the University. At the end of the exhibition, the fibreglass sculptures will be auctioned for charity. You can find out more about the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail here. And see Scran’s selection of some of the best of the sculptures here.

Image © Isabel Fry & DC Thomson & Co. Ltd  Licensor Scran

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