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Signed Oor Wullie could be 'ultimate souvenir' for Staggies fan as ARCHIE seeks to score fundraising boost

By Hector MacKenzie

County stars line up with Scotland's iconic star.
County stars line up with Scotland's iconic star.

ROSS County's stars have chipped in towards making a quirky fundraiser a unique collectible for a diehard fan.

The Oor Wullie sculptures used to make up a bucket trail are set to go under the hammer next week to raise cash for ARCHIE, the official charity of the Highland Children’s Unit.

The specially-made County Wullie spent a few days at the club’s shop for fans to get a final glimpse of him before going up for auction.

The sculpture will go under the hammer along with the other nine Oor Wullie sculptures found in the Highlands over 11 weeks this summer.

Stars of the Staggies’ first team gathered to see him off and sign his bucket – which is hoped will add value to the unique statue.

Lorraine Christie, Ross County general manager, said: “It has been a real treat to have County Wullie at Global Energy Stadium for the past few days. The Big Bucket Trail has been a huge success and Ross County are delighted to have been part of this.”

Dawn Cowie, ARCHIE Highland fundraising officer, said: “Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail has been such fun over the summer and we’ve been delighted to have the support of Ross County. Having County Wullie at the club shop over the past few days has been brilliant and the fans seem to have really appreciated it. It was the icing on the cake to have the players sign his bucket. We hope this will add some value to the sculpture at auction which would be the ultimate souvenir for any Staggies fan.

“Anyone interested in buying County Wullie should email katie.kyle@archie.org to register their interest.”

More information on the auctions can be found at oorwullie.com/auctions/.

Oor Wullie fans will have one last chance to see the sculptures in public at Farewell Event in the Eastgate Shopping Centre this weekend from Friday to Sunday.

The event is free for everyone to enjoy but the charity will be collecting all weekend and welcome donations, however big or small, to support its work at Highland Children’s Unit.

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