The breathtaking success of the ARCHIE Foundation’s Oor Wullie Bucket Trail will be shared with the nation next week, as BBC One Scotland broadcasts excerpts from the auction.
A total of £883,000 was raised in the gripping sale, as expert auctioneers Colin Slessor and Alan Hutcheon sought to get as much cash as possible for the Tayside Children’s Hospital appeal.
Now, in a documentary series following Colin, Alan and other auctioneers at Thainstone Mart, the highlights of the charity auction will once again be brought to life.
Cassie Thompson, director of fundraising for The ARCHIE Foundation, said she was excited at the prospect of seeing the auction again.
“It will bring all the memories of that amazing night flooding right back,” she said.
“Emotions were running very high, especially just before it started – so much work and effort for over a year all depended on the next two hours, it was almost unbearable.”
In addition to Alan and Colin, who the documentary follows, Alan Donald also acted as an auctioneer at the sale, handling the online bids.
Cassie added: “Then the auction began and Alan, Colin and Alan were just so good that all the anxieties drained away and were overtaken by excitement and amazement. It was a real roller coaster.
“At the end it was sheer disbelief. Dundee had put on a fantastic evening and shown incredible support for their sick children.
“The auction had exceeded all expectations and everybody played their part. If the support shown that night continues through 2017 The ARCHIE Foundation is going to be able to make a real difference for children in Tayside Children’s Hospital and we are so grateful for that.”
|1||Wullie the Menace||DC Thomson|
|3||Night on the toon||Fort Hotel, Broughty Ferry|
|5||Boozy cow graffiti||Garreth Wood|
|6||Jute, jam & journalism||DC Thomson|
|8||Oor wai o’ spikin’||Andy Lothian CEO, Insights|
|9||Dun deagh & the 5 glens||Jeanette Gibson|
|10||Oor golfer||Gillian Bayford|
|11||Biscuit break||Unknown bidder at the event|
|12||Oor rabbie’ the bard and the bucket||Briggs Marine contractors, Burntisland|
|15||Thick cut||James Keillor Investments|
|16||Oor bonnie land||Internet bidder|
|18||A pocketfu’ o’ pieces||Sands Restaurant to visit Roxburghe house for his holidays|
|19||Whars wullie?||Redwood Leisure – Birkhill Inn|
|20||Tangerine terror||Stephen Thompson|
|21||Oor jolomo||Higher Ground Health and Care Planning|
|22||Hewn oot the rocks o’dundee||Bidder 38|
|23||Women of the world||Dundee City Council|
|24||Oor wheelie||Gillian Bayford and John Clark|
|25||Guilded wullie||Internet bidder|
|26||High school wullie||Internet bidder|
|27||Little hands||Garreth Wood|
|28||Wullie’s cheeky tales||Unknown|
|29||Discovery bridge||NCR Discovery Centre|
|30||Fried eggs for breakfast||Unknown|
|31||Wullie the cowboy||Jeanette Gibson|
|33||The dreamer||Bidder 58|
|34||Oor mechanic||Sandeman Motors|
|35||Oor lemming||Private buyer|
|36||Dundee past & present||Kelvin Kerr|
|37||Iron boy||Private buyer|
|38||Oor artifacts||Leisure and Culture Dundee|
|42||Oor dreamcatcher||NHS Tayside|
|43||Yarnbombed||David & Pauline Thomson|
|44||Oor lifesaver||Crowdfunded by RNLI/BFTA|
|46||Sudger wullie||Unknown bidder at the event|
|47||Whar ji cum fi?||Private buyer|
|49||Disco wullie||Club Tropicana/Fat Sams|
|50||Oor original||Garreth Wood|
|52||From oor roots up||Hillcrest Group|
|53||When wullie met dr manhattan||Given to Dundee Uni by Chris van der Koyl|
|54||Sweet shop||Internet bidder|
|55||Wullie wallace||Now on display outside Rutland Hotel in Edinburgh|
|56||Where’s wullie?||Private buyer|
|57||Oor wullie noo||Tony Banks donated to Balhousie Care Group|
|58||Oor bobby||DFCSS and Dundee fans|
|60||The adventure of discovery never ends||DC Thomson|
|61||Oor bowie! Your bowie! A’body’s bowie!||Gillian Bayford|
|62||Woodland wullie||Gillian Bayford|
|63||Rain song||Internet bidder|
|64||Rugby wullie||Andy Lothian CEO, Insights|
|65||Amor lucis||Alison Wiseman|
|66||You’re a wizard Wullie||Piperdam|
|67||Tartan wullie||Private buyer|
|68||Astro wullie||Sunday Post|
|69||Oor pirate||Gillies and Mackay and Millie’s Beach Huts|
|70||Oor wullie snowglobe||James Keillor Investments|
The auctioneers were also responsible for the success of Aberdeen’s Wild Dolphins auction – which was a similar predecessor to the Bucket Trail – raising £531,000.
The documentary shows how the pair now have a friendly rivalry to see if they can do even better this time round.
The programme, called The Mart, will be shown on Monday February 13 from 7.30-8pm and is the last in the current series of six following the auctioneers.
Also featuring in the episode will be the Christmas Classic – a showcase for some of the best livestock in Scotland and one of the biggest show and sales at the mart.
Elsewhere, Colin prices up Blackface lambs in Perthshire for former colleague and old friend Finlay McIntyre.