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The Sunday Post celebrates 80 years of The Broons comic strips

The Broons 1949
The Broons 1949

To mark the anniversary, The Sunday Post is also hosting the very first The Broons Awards tomorrow night (Thursday 10 March) at Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel.

The Awards will go to exceptional families and communities across Scotland and the event will be hosted by oor Lorraine Kelly.

To add to the excitement, the Bay City Rollers have returned from a tour in Japan to play at The Awards.


To commemorate 80 years of The Broons’ tales, we’re taking a look at the family’s history over the years.

In The Broons strip, the family is billed as being ‘the happy family that makes every family happy’ and this phrase sums them up perfectly.

Though they are ten in number, the family enjoys staying together in the small tenement flat of 10 Glebe Street, Auchentogle.

The family is made up of Paw and Maw Broon who are parents to eight children! Maw is the homemaker in charge of all household affairs.

The Broons family features two older sons, Hen and Joe, and two grown-up daughters, Daphne and Maggie.

The younger children are Horace, who is the brains of the family and the Twins (identical boys) plus the Bairn, a cut down version of Maw and wiser than her years.

Last, but by no means least, is the roguish Granpaw Broon. Granpaw and the Bairn form a formidable partnership that can usually outsmart the other members of the family.

Keep up with The Broons every week – only in The Sunday Post.


The Broons through the ages

1936 - The first ever Broons strip features a calamitous photoshoot
1936 – The first ever Broons strip features a calamitous photoshoot
1948 The Broons – An early depiction of the family together, ready to go out. Joe, Maggie and Daphne have changed since – and the twins surely wouldn’t keep those caps on their heads nowadays!
1948 The Broons – An early depiction of the family together, ready to go out. Joe, Maggie and Daphne have changed since – and the twins surely wouldn’t keep those caps on their heads nowadays!

 

1948 Maggie – Fashion conscious Maggie dolls herself up.
1948 Maggie – Fashion conscious Maggie dolls herself up.

 

1949 Broons Boys – Horace’s backwards cap, Hen’s suit, and Joe’s shirt and trousers are subtle differences from today’s depiction.
1949 Broons Boys – Horace’s backwards cap, Hen’s suit, and Joe’s shirt and trousers are subtle differences from today’s depiction.

 

1949 Colour – the Broons model fashionable seaside attire from the late 1940s.
1949 Colour – the Broons model fashionable seaside attire from the late 1940s.

 

1954 Growing Up – we get a rare glimpse at young Broons through the ages in this strip, showing how they aged prior to 1936.
1954 Growing Up – we get a rare glimpse at young Broons through the ages in this strip, showing how they aged prior to 1936.

 

1964 Daphne’s Hair – Poor Daphne has a bad hair day and tries different hairstyles before her date. (Her hair was as it is in panel 1 for quite some time!). Maggie also looks different in this strip.
1964 Daphne’s Hair – Poor Daphne has a bad hair day and tries different hairstyles before her date. (Her hair was as it is in panel 1 for quite some time!). Maggie also looks different in this strip.

 

1975 Joe – A much older looking Joe.
1975 Joe – A much older looking Joe.

 

1983 Flares – Hen and Joe’s fashion choices reflect the era. And Maggie’s different – again!
1983 Flares – Hen and Joe’s fashion choices reflect the era. And Maggie’s different – again!

 

1983 Horace – a hugely different Horace makes a one-off appearance here.
1983 Horace – a hugely different Horace makes a one-off appearance here.

 

1993 Hat Shopping – Maw picks out her ideal hat. Maw is drawn slightly less severe in the 1990s, compared to earlier strips.
1993 Hat Shopping – Maw picks out her ideal hat. Maw is drawn slightly less severe in the 1990s, compared to earlier strips.

 

1995 – A family gathering showing the Broons in the 1990s. Maggie and Daphne have certainly changed the most.
1995 – A family gathering showing the Broons in the 1990s. Maggie and Daphne have certainly changed the most.

 

2001 Maggie – Maggie and her friends show the change in fashion for early 2000s here.
2001 Maggie – Maggie and her friends show the change in fashion for early 2000s here.
2013 - Some famous faces have appeared including Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood
2013 – Some famous faces have appeared including Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood
2015 - Hollwood star Gerard Butler has also made a couple of appearances
2015 – Hollwood star Gerard Butler has also made a couple of appearances

For exclusive The Broons and Oor Wullie merchandise and gifts, see the DC Thomson shop.

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