He’s a character whose cheeky wee face is familiar to all, grinning out of the pages of a well-known Sunday newspaper.
But this summer St Andreans will have the chance to get up close and personal with life size images of some very fancy Oor Wullies.
Ten of the wee scamp’s images will appear in the town, thanks to new tourism organisation, Tourism St Andrews.
It has been set up to allow tourism providers – from B&Bs, through hotels, tourist attractions to retailers and restaurants – to come together to swap experiences, learn from each other and to promote St Andrews.
“We formed Tourism St Andrews to work with everyone in St Andrews district to look at our collective strengths and weaknesses to keep St Andrews in the forefront of Tourism in Fife,” explained the group’s first chairman, Jerry Beaulier.
“The move came after it became apparent that we needed a grass roots, independent group of like minded, tourism related people to form and take action, bringing businesses together on a regular basis for open and informal discussions on tourism in St Andrews,” he continued.
“This new group has risen to the occasion, exploring all possibilities, and looking to bring new events to St Andrews, keeping St Andrews as a strong and growingtourism centre for Fife and Scotland,” Mr Beaulier added.
And bringing Tour Wullie’s Bucket Trail to the town is the group’s first initiative.
It will see the 10 figures sited at the Byre Theatre and the West Port Bar and Grill, whose owners, the Signature Pub Group, are sponsors of Tour Wullie. Children young and old, can hunt down Wullies and scan an QR code to release special offers.
There is a permanent Oor Wullie trail in Dundee featuring 55 five feet high sculptures of him sitting on his bucket, all individually decorated by artists and designers, for Dundonians and visitors to the city to track down and tick off their bucket list.
But 10 of the figures are setting out on tour round Scotland, and St Andrews will play host to them from August 15-22.
The initiative is to raise funds for the Archie Foundation’s appeal for a new twin operating theatre paediatric surgical suite for Tayside Children’s Hospital.
It is hoped that donations will be made while the statues are on tour, and they will be auctioned off in September – after having had a wash and brush up!