Two statues from the popular Oor Wullie Bucket Trail have secured permanent residence in Gazette country after the auction on September 13.
Oor Lifesaver, by local artist Fiona Hay, will return to his post at Broughty Lifeboat Station after a successful £10,000 bid and Oor Golfer will forever be a citizen of Carnoustie, after he was snapped up by A&G Properties for the princely sum of £20,000.
Oor Lifesaver, dressed as an RNLI lifeboat man complete with the poignant message ‘RIP Mona’ etched into his bucket, as a tribute to those lost during a call-out at Broughty Ferry in 1959, has been lovingly looked after throughout the summer by the local lifeboat crew and many people from the area wanted to see the character become a permanent fixture.
Ewan Philp of Broughty Ferry lifeboat station set up a JustGiving page to raise money to bid for the sculpture, sponsored by The Broughty Ferry Traders Association.
Oor Golfer was designed by Peter Davidson, the regular Oor Wullie and The Broons artist, and he told the Gazette: “I’m utterly delighted so much money was raised.”
Bucket Trail artist coordinator Suzanne Scott went on to explain: “Oor Golfer was a real team effort. Peter designed him, Gordon Henry from Aberdeen painted him, sculptor Roddy Mathieson made the golf bag for him and Elena Costello knitted him a wire bunnet!”
Karen Perrie of Carnoustie Golf Links, who was responsible for getting all the top golfers to sign Oor Golfer during the Senior Open, said: “Everyone at Carnoustie Golf Links is delighted that Golfing Wullie is staying in the town.
“He proved a major attraction and was the subject of much interest from visiting golfers. It is excellent news that he will continue to be a source of enjoyment for residents and visitors to Carnoustie.”
The most money paid for an individual lot at Dundee Rep was the £50,000 paid by Gareth Wood for Oor Original, which was a joint venture between Peter Davidson and Suzanne Scott.
All of the money raised to pay for the sculptures went to The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal, helping secure a grand total of £883,000 on the night of the auction.