“I’m delighted that the wee laddie from Auchenshoogle is getting such recognition in the year of his 80th anniversary,…”
A special festive illustration of Oor Wullie is set to feature on the front of the First Minister’s 2016 official Christmas card, it has been revealed today (Wednesday, 7 December).
The image of Wullie sitting on his famous upturned bucket wearing his black dungarees is as familiar to Scots as Edinburgh Castle.
In the snowy scene, Wullie is sitting in front of his shed with the First Minister peering round the side after leaving a present for him.
The original illustration by Peter Davidson and text by Morris Heggie will be auctioned next year and the proceeds will be shared between four charities: The Archie Foundation, SiMBA, Christine Witcutt Memorial Fund and The Dixon Community.
This year, Oor Wullie and The Broons celebrate the 80th anniversary of their first appearance in the Sunday Post in March 1936. Peter Davidson and Morris Heggie have produced the weekly Oor Wullie and The Broons cartoon strips for many years, having started work with publishers DC Thomson in the 1960s. Peter went on to have a successful career as a freelance commercial artist. Morris stayed with the Dundee based company, retiring from the editorial offices in 2015.
The First Minister said: “Oor Wullie is a much-loved national treasure, adored by both children and adults across Scotland.
“His witty banter and mischievous character have been keeping people entertained for generations, and the marvellous artwork and timeless storylines mean that everyone recognises a little of themselves in these classic tales.
“I am delighted that on Wullie’s 80th anniversary, Peter and Morris have created a unique illustration for my 2016 Christmas card.
“Christmas is a time when we can all take a moment to slow down and spend time with our family and friends. However I also hope over the next few weeks people can take time to give comfort, companionship and support to those who need it. The charities chosen to benefit from this card are a reminder of the work done by others who do this valuable work all year round.”
Artist Peter Davidson said: “I feel very honoured to have been asked to design this Christmas card. Oor Wullie has amused and delighted Scotland for over 80 years and hopefully this scene captures some of that joy.”
Writer Morris Heggie said: “The adventures of Oor Wullie have entertained Scots for eight decades and in that time the mischievous scamp has become a much loved national treasure. I am delighted that the First Minister wanted to include Oor Wullie on her Christmas card. I feel very fortunate to be the cog that currently takes this iconic strip forward and am delighted that the wee laddie from Auchenshoogle is getting such recognition in the year of his 80th anniversary.”