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Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab! It’s the home of Oor Wullie’s ‘dad’

A house owned by the creator of cartoon rascal Oor Wullie is up for sale in Perthshire. And it’s a far cry from the modest home portrayed in the famous Sunday Post comic strip.

The five-bedroom, 3 public room Georgian house in Blairgowrie was home to Oor Wullie creator Robert Low for more than 30 years. Low, formerly managing editor of children’s publications with Sunday Post publisher D.C. Thomson, was inspired to create the cartoon after watching the antics of his son and his friends. Artist Dudley Watkins then brought to life a set of characters still popular eight decades on.

Oor Wullie’s 80th birthday celebrations this year include Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, a huge public art celebration involving 55 sculptures of Oor Wullie. The Trail was launched in Dundee and has been touring Scottish cities this summer, with sculptures appearing at various landmarks to raise money for The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal. The public is being asked to locate the sculptures, each of which is painted by an artist and sponsored by a business.

Low’s spacious former home, known then as Tulach House, is for sale for offers over £475,000. Now called Hillbank House, it still retains the period features he and his wife Irene enjoyed while living there in the 1950s to 1980s, with open fireplaces, fine cornicing, working shutters and etched glass doors.

Included in the sale, marketed by Clyde Property, is a set of outbuildings such as a former coach house turned garage, and a log store.

Gary Robertson, area director with Clyde Property, said:

“It’s a far cry from Wullie’s home in the fictional Auchenshoogle, but you can’t help thinking Robert Low’s cartoon ‘son’ would have loved it. There are extensive gardens, outbuildings, a tree house and a cellar – plenty for Wullie, Fat Boab, Soapy Souter and Wee Eck to have enjoyed and got up to mischief in.”

In an added twist, Gary Robertson’s wife Alison Robertson is one of Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail artists. She designed Oor Wullie Noo, a sculpture in Broughty Ferry sponsored by Balhousie Care Group which depicts the loveable rogue as an old man of 80.

For the full property listing visit www.clydeproperty.co.uk

To find out more about Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, visit www.oorwulliebuckettrail.com

 

Oor Wullie gets ready to ‘play’ at Perth gaming exhibition

Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail is arriving in Perth next week as the mass-participation public art event continues its national tour by visiting the city’s Player: Videogame Interaction from Atari to Toys to Life exhibition at Perth Museum & Art Gallery.

A group of mischievous Oor Wullie sculptures, including Minecraft Wullie, will be ready to ‘play’ at Culture Perth & Kinross’ interactive gaming exhibition and open to the public from Tuesday 2nd – Sunday 7th August.

Launching in the City of Discovery at the end of June, Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail has introduced over 55 sculptures, all individually designed and painted by an array of local and international artists, to the streets of Dundee and will be in place throughout the summer to raise money for The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal.

Minecraft Wullie, designed by 4J Studios and sponsored by UNESCO City of Design Dundee, will take pride of place at the interactive exhibition, which celebrates the latest trends in digital play and the evolution of videogames. Developed in conjunction with another Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail sponsor, the University of Abertay, the gaming exhibition was launched earlier this month by 4J Studios Chairman Chris van der Kuyl, who pioneered the creation of Minecraft for console use.

The exhibition encourages gamers of all ages to have a go on consoles through the ages, including the seminal Space Invaders, the Nintendo Gameboy and the Sega Megadrive. Visitors can take a trip back through time and explore iconic games from Duck Hunt, Sega Rally to the award-winning concept-game Line Wobbler.

Helen Smout, Chief Executive of Culture Perth & Kinross, commented:

“We are incredibly excited to welcome a collection of Oor Wullie sculptures to Perth Museum and Art Gallery and are especially excited to be home to Minecraft Wullie over the next week, who we are sure will feel right at home at our interactive Player: Videogame Interaction from Atari to Toys to Life exhibition. It is fantastic to be able to link a relatively modern form of play like gaming with a character like Oor Wullie, who has entertained people, young and old, for generations.”

A further three Oor Wullie sculptures will be placed around the Museum and Art Gallery and six more individually and uniquely designed Oor Wullie sculptures will be located in the City’s St John’s Shopping Centre from Monday 1st August and for the duration of the week, which has already seen them visit Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling. After leaving Perth, the tour will travel to Inverness and St Andrews before finally arriving back in Dundee for the final few weeks of the trail.

Cassie Thompson, Head of Fundraising for The ARCHIE Foundation, commented:

“As organisers, we are very excited to be able to take Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail on a tour across Scotland and be able to bring the excitement to our next stop – Perth. An incredible amount of work has gone into this project, which is all to help raise money for The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal.”

At the end of the trail, on Tuesday 13th September, all the sculptures will be sold at an auction at the Dundee Rep, with all proceeds going to The ARCHIE Foundation’s appeal to raise funds to create a brand new twin operating theatre paediatric surgical suite for the Tayside Children’s Hospital at Ninewells.

To take on Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, visit www.oorwulliebuckettrail.com

For further information about the work of The ARCHIE Foundation, visit www.archiefoundationhome.org.uk

To find out more about the exhibition visit www.playpk.co.uk – Entry to the exhibition is £3 for adults, £2 for concessions and £10 for a family ticket (two adults, two children).

Oor Wullie’s bucket is signed by golfing greats at Senior Open Championship

Oor Wullie has been making friends at this year’s Senior Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links with 28 of the professional golfers signing Oor Golfer, to help raise money for The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal.

Oor Golfer is one of 55 sculptures from Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, Dundee’s largest ever mass participation public art event, and is sponsored by Carnoustie Golf Links where he has been visited by many people, from children to seasoned golfers. Signatures came from an array of famous golfers including Colin Montgomerie, Ian Woosnam, Tom Watson and Sam Torrence, with each signing his trusty bucket.

Many also had their photo taken with the iconic character, perhaps seeing Oor Golfer as a potential lucky charm for the weekend’s competition.

It is hoped that Oor Golfer will prove as popular as the Golfin Dolphin, a sculpture from Aberdeen’s Wild Dolphin Trail in 2014. Golfin Dolphin was signed by the golfers at the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen and eventually sold at auction for £55,000 – the highest bid of all the dolphin sculptures.

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“Carnoustie Golf Links is delighted to be a sponsor of Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail and support such a worthy cause. As we were hosting the Senior Open this year, we thought it was an ideal opportunity to try and get some of the professional golfers to sign the sculpture, especially as the signed Golfin Dolphin in Aberdeen raised so much more money at auction two years ago. We are hopeful that Oor Golfer will do the same.

“As we have so many visitors from all over the world who might not know the Oor Wullie character, we requested an original Oor Wullie, but dressed in golf clothing. We were thrilled that illustrator Peter Davidson designed him for us. It is great to be able to bring some of the Bucket Trail magic to the Senior Open Championship and we hope the public this weekend and throughout the summer will enjoy Oor Golfer as much as we have.”

Oor Golfer was created collaboratively, designed by Peter Davidson, the current Oor Wullie illustrator, painted by Gordon Henry, a painter from Aberdeen, the golf bag was sculpted by Roddy Mathieson and the wire hat knitted by Elena Costella.

Charity Organisers The ARCHIE Foundation are hoping that the signatures will help Oor Golfer fetch an impressive price at an auction at the end of the trail in September where all of the Oor Wullie sculpture will be sold, with the proceeds going to The ARCHIE Foundation’s appeal to raise funds to create a brand new twin operating theatre paediatric surgical suite for the Tayside Children’s Hospital at Ninewells.

To find out more about Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, visit www.oorwulliebuckettrail.com