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Jings, crivens and help ma boab! Oor Wullie and the Broons are 80!

McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

Aye, the iconic wee Scottish laddie, Oor Wullie, and “the happy family that makes every family happy”, the Broons, are both celebrating their anniversary in March 2016, marking 80 years since they first appeared in the Sunday Post.

Produced by family firm DC Thomson in Dundee, with origins dating back to the early 19th century, these iconic characters have been delighting audiences across the country for years.

To mark this momentous occasion, a new 4 ft bronze sculpture of Oor Wullie has been unveiled in Dundee. Scotland’s favourite “spiky-haired loon” now sits mischieviously outside the McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum, complete with his bucket and his satchel, aiming his peashooter at the nearby statue of Robert Burns.

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If you’re in Dundee today, why not pay Oor Wullie a visit – and send us your pictures with the brand new statue!

Posted by The Sunday Post on Sunday, 6 March 2016

This latest sculpture was created by Scottish artist Malcolm Robertson and is in good company, as Wullie sits just a short walk away from where you can see Desperate Dan and Minnie on the corner of High Street and Reform Street.

Dundee’s a braw city for culture (as Oor Wullie would say), from its comic strips, newspapers and magazines to its contemporary arts and theatre. You can plan a trip there with all you need to know on Dundee – here’s a sneak peak at what it’s like in winter:

A local gallery is also marking the occasion with an exhibition of artwork inspired by the comic and newspaper cartoons. Eduardo Allessandro Studios in Broughty Ferry will showcase the work by John Patrick Reynolds from 11 March to 31 March 2016.

The Broons celebrated with an awards ceremony to find wonderful families (just like them ya ken).

But if that’s not enough, then why not find out what Broon character you are most like with this Broons quiz? Maybe you’re the head of the house like Maw, or the beautiful glamorous daughter like Maggie?

The celebrations are due to continue into the summer, when Oor Wullie will get some more company, as 50 more statues are placed across the city. Each will be painted with a unique design by artists and celebrities to raise money for a new children’s theatre in the city’s Ninewells Hospital.

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