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Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail: 40,000 fans hit their phones to record 1m visits

© Andrew Cawley / DCT MediaJudo champ Sally Conway on the bucket trail
Judo champ Sally Conway on the bucket trail

Crivvens! Oor Wullie sculptures have been visited over a million times by Big Bucket Trail baggers!

Our app, which has been downloaded by 40,000 fans so far, lets users digitally collect the Wullie sculptures as they go.

And last week we passed an incredible million check-ins with almost four weeks of the trail still to go.

For over 80 years Auchenshoogle’s spiky-haired rascal has appeared in your favourite paper, The Sunday Post, but this summer’s Big Bucket Trail has won a new army of fans.

Since the launch in June, thousands have taken to the streets to track down the 200 Wullie statues dotted around Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness, as well as the 300 smaller-scale ones on the Wee Bucket Trail.

The Trail will run until August 30 when we will be throwing a series of farewell parties before the statues are auctioned off in September to raise millions for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity and The Archie Foundation.

Roslyn Neely, CEO of ECHC, said: “It is absolutely incredible that over one million Oor Wullies have now been unlocked!

“This trail is raising vital funds to support the life-changing work of Scotland’s children’s hospital charities and we have been completely blown away by how many people have got involved. There are still four weeks left to bag as many Wullies as possible, so we are very excited to see just how many statues that residents and tourists visiting Scotland will have collected.”

There are prizes up for grabs for app users too. Superfans who completed the whole trail could be in with a chance to win their very own Oor Wullie golden statue. You can also vote for your favourite Wullie statue – so far Oor Wullie Miller in the Bon Accord Shopping Centre, in Aberdeen, is in the lead.

So far our Wullie hunters have racked up an incredible 11,000,000 steps. That equates to 5,500 miles, with the average person walking 11 miles while doing the trail. More than 12,500 selfies have been uploaded to the trail app.