Wed 19 Jun 19
Tourism St Andrews (the St Andrews Local Tourist Association) this week celebrated the unveiling of the town’s Oor Prince Wullie sculpture as part of the 2019 Oor Wullie BIG Bucket Trail. Inspired by the history and heritage of St Andrews the sculpture has been named Oor Prince Wullie and will reside in St Salvator’s Quad over the summer season until the end of August. The unique sculpture is sure to be a popular attraction for tourists and locals to visit during the months ahead.
The official unveiling of the St Andrews sculpture has been awaited with much anticipation by the local community and businesses, and took place on Monday 17th June in St Salvator’s Quad including a traditional bagpipe welcome from piper Hector Long.
The event attracted a large group from the locale with Stephen Gethins (Member of Parliament for North East Fife) officially unveiling the St Andrews sculpture assisted by an excited group of pupils from Lawhead Primary School who have had a mini sculpture donated to the school. The pupils have been busy over recent weeks painting their impressions of their Oor Prince Wullie in eager anticipation of his arrival in the town. Dr Katie Stevenson, Assistant Vice-Principal (Collections and Digital Content) at the University of St Andrews, welcomed the iconic sculpture to St Andrews and St Salvator’s Quad.
Well known family bakers Fisher & Donaldson helped celebrate the arrival of the sculpture and unveiling with the launch of a special Oor Prince Wullie empire biscuit which will be on sale over the summer season whilst Wullie is in residence.
Commenting on the Oor Prince Wullie sculpture, Debbie MacCallum (Chair of Tourism St Andrews) said: “We are delighted to be included in the Oor Wullie BIG Bucket Trail for 2019 and it is very exciting for us to be part of this innovative national art trail.
“We have so many visitors from all over the world to St Andrews over the summer months with lots of coach tour and cruise ship passengers arriving every day. We are sure that they will all be very keen to be pictured with our unique Oor Wullie sculpture which celebrates the history and heritage of our Royal Burgh and we encourage visitors to take photographs of #OorPrinceWullie to share on their social media channels and celebrate this national art trail.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the local people, businesses and organisations that have supported this initiative from conceptualisation to the formal unveiling this week including the University of St Andrews.
“We’re very excited to have our guest in residence over the summer and we know it will bring additional footfall to the town and raise funds for The ARCHIE Foundation."
Stephen Gethins (Member of Parliament for North East Fife) said: “Well done to Tourism St Andrews for supporting this initiative and bringing not one, but two, Oor Wullie’s to St Andrews. Thanks to P7 pupils from Lawhead PS for helping me unveil “Oor Prince Wullie”, this was great fun. Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail is a great idea and will be a great asset to the town over the summer. I hope they will also help raise funds for The ARCHIE Foundation which does great work supporting children’s hospitals across Scotland including Tayside Children’s Hospital in Dundee.”
Dr Katie Stevenson, Assistant Vice-Principal (Collections and Digital Content) at the University of St Andrews, said: “The University is honoured to be the temporary home to Oor Prince Wullie this summer and we hope locals and visitors will enjoy him and the joyous mischievousness he brings to St Salvator’s Quad. Oor Prince Wullie draws together many of the themes that make St Andrews such a special place - a deep and complex history, a vibrant and distinctive Scottish culture with a strong international influence, and a centuries-old relationship with royalty from far and wide. We are thrilled to see the joy Prince Wullie is already bringing”.
Inspired by Scotland’s favourite son, Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail is the first nationwide public arts trail and will cover 700 miles across Scotland this summer with each statue being individually designed by 100 artists, each reflecting a unique aspect of Scotland’s diverse culture.
The goal of the trail is to raise vital funds for all of Scotland’s hospital charities to provide the very best possible care and support for the combined half a million babies, children and young people who are seen each year.
At the end of the summer, the Oor Wullie sculptures will be auctioned off and the money raised will be used to support the work of the charities being supported – The ARCHIE Foundation, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity and Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity.