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Ringlink buys Oor Countryside figure in fundraiser

Oor Countryside artist Annie Grant with Gail Robertson and Sarah Heseltine from Ringlink.
Oor Countryside artist Annie Grant with Gail Robertson and Sarah Heseltine from Ringlink.

One of the most popular sculptures on this summer’s Oor Wullie BIG Bucket trail has been bought by farm business group Ringlink, to boost their efforts in promoting the countryside.

The sculpture, Oor Countryside, which spent the summer in Aberdeen’s Hazelhead Park, was sponsored by Ringlink and made £14,000 when it went under the hammer at an auction in Inverurie.

A total of 83 sculptures sold to benefit the The Archie Foundation for sick kids.

Ringlink managing director Graham Bruce said the design was a taster of Scotland’s rich larder.

“It was always our intention to buy the sculpture at auction and I’m delighted that the bidding went in our favour,” he said.

“I would like to thank everyone for their fundraising efforts and to the team who took part in the walkathon of four Munros at the end of July, and of course to all contributors for their support and donations, who all helped make it possible for Oor Countryside to join the Ringlink team.”

Group operations manager Gail Robertson added: “We plan to use the sculpture as a promotional tool to increase engagement in schools and events so that we can continue promoting the agricultural sector and raise more awareness in the community on the origins of food from field to plate.

Oor Countryside” was designed by north-east artist Annie Grant.

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