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Oor Wullies hit the trail again for weekend of family fun

Grange PS head teacher Lorraine Will with prizewinner Georgia Carnegie.
Grange PS head teacher Lorraine Will with prizewinner Georgia Carnegie.

Oor Wullie fever continued in Tayside at the weekend as more than a dozen of the much-loved sculptures were sent on fundraising endeavours.

The original Oor Wullie Bucket Trail has raised more than £883,000 for the Archie Foundation’s bid to create a new children’s surgical suite at Ninewells Hospital.

More than a quarter of the 55 original pieces were loaned out to Monifieth, Kirriemuir and Forfar for a day.

Grange Primary School in Monifieth saw something of a “family reunion” as 12 sculptures visited to help a fundraiser for Archie and the school.

Two more Wullies made the trip up to Kirriemuir for a kick about and ceilidh with local children, and to help with a Guide Dogs Scotland fundraiser in Forfar.

Grange has been running its own Bucket Trail, with pupils making 15 models of the mischievous character out of clay, measuring around a foot tall, with the statues being auctioned to families to decorate and display in the windows of their homes.

Georgia Carnegie won the prized gold Oor Wullie for best Bucket Trail map, and Ros Marr won an RNLI photograph of Oor Lifesaver at Broughty Ferry.

The project culminated in a fun day of prizes, raffles, hot food and entertainment – with the full-size visitors thrown in for free.

Parents borrowed three of the Oor Wullies owned by DC Thomson for the trail – Dennis, Astro and Discovery Never Ends – as well as a few other statues sent by local organisations Gillies, The Sands and RNLI.

The organisers hoped to raise around £2000 to be split evenly between the school and the Archie Foundation.

A spokesman for Grange parent council said: “We are so glad they could come to Grange and put smiles on our children’s faces, whilst helping ARCHIE.”

Rugby Wullie was based on the Scottish Rugby team and was Kirriemuir Regeneration Group’s guest of honour at the Camera Obscura.

Group secretary Elaine Findlay said: “Oor Rugby Wullie is owned by Andy Lothian, CEO of Insights, a people development company with headquarters in Dundee and Texas.

“The group are over the moon that Andy is letting Wullie come to Kirrie for his holidays.”

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