Edinburgh's Only Oor Wullie

almost 2 years AGOIain Fenwick Gourmet Gossip

The Rutland Hotel in Edinburgh has purchased a, rather patriotic, statue that featured in the ‘Oor Wullie Bucket Trail’ this summer. The Wullie Wallace statue, complete with blue painted face and battle costume, has been purchased by the hotel for £12,000 with all proceeds from the sale going to the Archie Foundation’s appeal for a new paediatric twin operating theatre for Tayside Children’s Hospital.  The statue – the only one of its kind in Edinburgh - arrives at the hotel this Friday 11th November.  A photo call has been arranged on Monday 14th November to celebrate the occasion. 

 

‘Oor Wullie Bucket Trail’ was a hugely successful public art event which ran over summer for The Archie Foundation. Fifty-five 5ft tall sculptures of Oor Wullie, all sitting on his bucket, were all individually sponsored and decorated by artists and designers. These creations were then transported around Scotland for the public to view, share and adore.  At the end of the trail, on the 13th of September, the statues were auctioned off with all proceeds going to The Archie Foundation, a charity that helps provide care for sick children and their families. 

The Rutland Hotel is immersed in history and has become an Edinburgh institution in its own right, with their famous Kyloe cow becoming a much loved landmark by tourists and locals alike.  The Wullie statue is set to be positioned beside the Kyloe cow, directly outside The Rutland Hotel.

Steven Simpson, MD Rutland Hotel, shares his delight at welcoming Oor Braveheart to The Rutland, ‘We are thrilled to have one of the fantastic Oor Wullie statues coming to Edinburgh, I look forward to customers and tourists having their pictures taken with Kyloe the cow and Oor Braveheart with the distinctive backdrop of the castle.’

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