Daily Archives: July 25, 2016

The Oor Wullie Bucket Trail of Dundee – with auction on September 13th in support of the Archie Foundation.

Oor Wullie 1This Summer Dundee is a center for Art as Oor Wullies takes over the city.  From now till September one of Scotland’s national treasures, Oor Wullie, has multiplied x 55 – and now 55 5ft Oor Wullies are dotted throughout Dundee.

AND an additional 10 Oor Wullies are touring Scotland visiting Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Perth, & Inverness, returning to Dundee in time to join the rest of the Bucket Trail at the grand auction of all the sculptures on September 13th.

So NOW is the time to take the Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail – and find the Oor Wullie which are dotted throughout Dundee – all this in support of The Archie Foundation Tayside – and held in collaboration with DC Thomson and Wild in Art.

Oor Wullies are each decorated by artists & designers, all are different.

Trail maps and a digital app will be made available to enable all to go out and find all 50 sculptures and to strike them off their ‘bucket’ list.

THEN on September 13th the statues will all be auctioned off in support of a new twin pediatric surgical suite for the Archie FoundationTayside Children’s Hospital.

The American-Scottish Foundation® is proud to help support the work of the Archie Foundation and is looking forward to seeing all the Oor Wullies in the weeks ahead!

This is Oor Wullie’s 80th Anniversary and the celebration is as part of The Scottish Government Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design. Find out more at www.oorwulliebuckettrail.com and by going to VisitScotlands website.

The Scottish State Coach, to be on view from July 30th – August 28th in the forecourt of Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh.

The magnificent Scottish State Coach, will be displayed from July 30th – August 28th in the forecourt of Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, to mark HM The Queen’s 90th birthday year.

Scottish State CoachThe Coach which was originally called the Cambridge Coach, was built for HRH The Duke of Cambridge in 1830 and used for the coronation of his brother, William IV, the following year.  In 1968     HM The Queen instructed that she wished to have a coach for Scotland.

 The Cambridge coach was remodeled and renamed the Scottish State Coach.

The emblems of the Order of the Thistle, and the Scottish version of the Royal Arms were painted on the sides, and a model of the Crown of Scotland was added to the roof.

Scottish state coach 2As writer and historian, Roddie Martine noted:
“This is Scotland’s very own carriage of state, sleek and impressive, cherished throught the years ….. though not ideally suited to the cobbled streets of the Old Town.”

The coach is normally housed at the The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace, home to the Royal Collection of historic coaches and carriages, and is usually drawn by four horses.

The Queen first used the Scottish State Coach on 22 May 1969, . The coach has conveyed the Royal Family in the Jubilee Procession, and to the The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh back to Buckingham Palace after the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011