Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail buzz heads across Scotland

One of Dundee's Oor Wullie statues (Gordon Robbie / DC Thomson)
One of Dundee's Oor Wullie statues (Gordon Robbie / DC Thomson)

HE’S taken a city by storm – now he’s set to do the same to the rest of the country.

Dundonians have gone gaga for Oor Wullie over the past week as 55 life-size statues were placed throughout the city.

Aberdeen is the next stop on Wullie’s masterplan for world domination – or at least the Bucket Trail that’s on a whistle-stop tour of all Scotland’s cities.

By the time the Granite City wakes up tomorrow morning, 10 of the super sculptures will be in place at Marischal College.

They’ll include the stunning Tunnock’s Teacake one.

Wullie’s fame is such that he has become a TV star already with The Sunday Post’s own Wullie Wallace set to make a small-screen appearance on the Beechgrove Garden.

Last week the BBC show was filming the redevelopment of the garden at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and our comic cracker was special guest of honour.

It’s the show’s community garden of the year and the transformation is thanks to the ARCHIE Foundation whose fundraising has made a massive difference to the lives of children at the hospital.

The Bucket Trail sculptures have all been colourfully and individually crafted, and Cassie Thompson, the ARCHIE Foundation’s director of fundraising, said Aberdeen residents were in for a treat.

“There has been an amazing buzz in Dundee over the past few days,” said Cassie.

“I’ve met so many people from a 90-year-old gran with her family to groups of young kids who are travelling all over the city ticking off the sculptures and taking selfies.”

Over the next few weeks Inverness, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and Perth can all expect similar excitement.

The sculptures are helping raise funds towards a £2 million appeal for a twin operating theatre paediatric surgical suite at Tayside Children’s Hospital.

Details at www.archiefoundationhome.org.uk and for more information on the trail go to www.oorwulliebuckettrail.com or download the app for their mobile phone or tablet.


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