Courier country reacts to our 2016 Impact 100 poll

The Courier’s fifth annual poll of 100 local inspirational figures who have shaped our year has been revealed.

Top spot went to Oor Wullie, recognising the sensation that was the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail. You can read through the entire list here.

The response online has been huge, with the cultural community, educational establishment and cream of local business engaging in the conversation. Of course, the public have also made their feelings known.

Fleur Darkin was publicly commended for bringing dance to those not ordinarily exposed to it during her prolific tenure as artistic director at Scottish Dance Theatre so far.

It seemed a prescient time to resurrect a popular meme of previous Impact 100 winner Andy Murray looking unimpressed at Christmas when it was revealed that there was one top spot he could not claim.

From the business world, Insights CEO Andy Lothian was championed for his tireless efforts to promote Dundee, Tayside and Scotland on the global stage.

From Olympian Eilish McColgan to communications technology professor Annalu Waller, Dundee University noted various alumni and academics who made the grade.

Record-breaking long-distance cyclist Mark Beaumont, more latterly known as Dundee University rector, acknowledged the paper’s enduring support.

Not to be outdone, High School of Dundee boasted a host of former pupils, directors and current junior karting champ Sandy Mitchell in our 2016 Impact 100 hall of fame.

Clare Dow, the creative genius behind the Royal Arch: The People’s Tower project was also delighted to be recognised:

The reactions kept coming:

Then there was the grand reveal, capping off a banner year for Oor Wullie. The Bucket Trail of imaginatively decorated statues launched throughout Tayside and subsequent auction lit an unforgettable fire under the local community and across Scotland as the iconic character rung in his 75th year.

Who made an impact on your life in our poll? Who did we overlook? Have your say on Twitter and Facebook using the #CourierImpact100 hashtag.