Martha and Joe Isles of Broughty Ferry ad­mire Oor Wul­lie at last night’s launch of the first na­tional bucket trail for the ARCHIE Foun­da­tion. Pic­ture: Steven Brown.

EVENT: Comic cre­ation will ap­pear all over Scot­land to raise cash for chil­dren’s char­i­ties

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Oor Wul­lie was the cen­tre of at­ten­tion in his home city as the first-ever na­tional bucket trail star­ring the cheeky comic book char­ac­ter was launched in Dundee.

A to­tal of 150 Oor Wul­lie sculp­tures will take to the streets of not only the City of Dis­cov­ery, but also Aberdeen, In­ver­ness, Ed­in­burgh and Glas­gow, next sum­mer.

The Oor Wul­lie Big Bucket Trail will raise money for the ARCHIE Foun­da­tion, as well as Ed­in­burgh Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal Char­ity and Glas­gow Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal Char­ity.

In Dundee, 30 stat­ues will be on dis­play at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions from June to Septem­ber, be­fore be­ing auc­tioned off to raise money for the ARCHIE Foun­da­tion – the of­fi­cial char­ity of Tay­side Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

Last night’s launch at DC Thom­son’s Mead­ow­side build­ing fol­lows the suc­cess of the orig­i­nal trail held in Dundee in 2016, which raised more than £883,000.

Friends and sup­port­ers of the ARCHIE Foun­da­tion, artists and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from lo­cal busi­nesses at­tended the cel­e­bra­tion.

David Wood, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the ARCHIE Foun­da­tion, said: “The peo­ple of Dundee re­ally took the first Oor Wul­lie’s Bucket Trail to their hearts back in 2016 and we know they’ll do the same when the new Oor Wul­lies are on the streets next sum­mer.

“We would en­cour­age any lo­cal busi­nesses or or­gan­i­sa­tions to get in touch if they’d like to spon­sor one of the stat­ues and we’ll be look­ing for lo­cal artists soon too to sub­mit their ideas for how we can de­sign Oor Wul­lie in the most fun and cre­ative ways.

“Most of all we’re look­ing for­ward to get­ting schools and com­mu­ni­ties in­volved in the trail, be­cause chil­dren and fam­i­lies are at the heart of the project, with all the money raised in Dundee be­ing spent in Dundee to help lo­cal sick chil­dren.”

There will also be an op­por­tu­nity for young­sters to play a part in the event, with ev­ery school in Scot­land in line to re­ceive a Wee Oor Wul­lie sculp­ture of its own for pupils to dec­o­rate.

The trail is a Wild in Art event and is sup­ported by DC Thom­son Me­dia.

The peo­ple of Dundee re­ally took the first Oor Wul­lie’s Bucket Trail to their hearts. DAVID WOOD, ARCHIE FOUN­DA­TION

Pic­tures: Steven Brown/Kim Cess­ford.

Clock­wise from top left: Nicola and Ab­bie Richard­son grab a selfie with Oor Wul­lie at the Bucket Trail launch: Claire Bush and Gail Gor­don from the ARCHIE Foun­da­tion pre­par­ing for the launch event; Sing It Sign It per­form for the guests.

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