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Catalogue code: VA283
Classic Scottish cartoon strips Oor Wullie and The Broons celebrate 80 hilarious years in 2016 and Royal Mail is marking this mirthful milestone with two limited edition Stamp Sheets presented in specially designed folders dedicated to the world-famous funnies.
The Sheets, produced in collaboration with strip publishers DC Thomson & Co. Ltd, are released in a limited edition of 10,000 on 8 March. Each Sheet contains imagery of the characters set fittingly next to ten First Class Scottish Saltire stamps, as well as renowned sayings synonymous with the cartoons that first appeared in the Sunday Post newspaper on 8 March 1936.
The official tartan of each is reproduced on the front of the folder while inside you can read the background story to the lovable comic series as well as view illustrations of extracts published over the past 80 years. The back of each folder contains the first strip printed in the Sunday Post.
The Oor Wullie folder introduces the mischievous but lovable nine-year-old boy and his pals. The lad has a big heart, is full of tricks and is an inspirational leader of his gang, which consists of Fat Bob, Wee Eck and Soapy Soutar.
Wullie lives in the fictional town of Auchenshoogle and his adventures always start and end with him sitting on his upturned bucket. Wearing his famous black dungarees, Wullie wages war on boredom or embarks on get-rich quick schemes, sometimes with his occasional girlfriend Primrose Paterson, and often coming up against his old adversary PC Murdoch.
The folder explains each of the colours that make up the Oor Wullie tartan, a woven sample of which is held for permanent preservation in the National Records of Scotland.