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Jings! Crivens! Oor Wullie on Sturgeon's Christmas card

The First Minister says the comic creation, who is shown on his bucket, is a 'national treasure'.

Scottish comic character Oor Wullie has been chosen to star in the First Minister's Christmas card.

The card depicts Wullie on his famous bucket with Nicola Sturgeon peering from round the back of his shed after leaving him a present.

The original illustration for the card's design by artist Peter Davidson and text by Morris Heggie will be auctioned for charity next year.

Proceeds will go to the Archie Foundation, SiMBA, the Christine Witcutt Memorial Fund and the Dixon Community.

Mr Davidson said: "I feel very honoured to have been asked to design this Christmas card. Oor Wullie has amused and delighted Scotland for over 80 years and hopefully this scene captures some of that joy."

This year Oor Wullie and The Broons are celebrating their 80th anniversary of their first appearance in the Sunday Post.

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Mr Heggie said: "The adventures of Oor Wullie have entertained Scots for eight decades and in that time the mischievous scamp has become a much loved national treasure.

"I am delighted that the First Minister wanted to include Oor Wullie on her Christmas card.

"I feel very fortunate to be the cog that currently takes this iconic strip forward and am delighted that the wee laddie from Auchenshoogle is getting such recognition in the year of his 80th anniversary."

The First Minister described the comic character as a "national treasure" who is "adored" by people of all ages.

She said: "His witty banter and mischievous character have been keeping people entertained for generations, and the marvellous artwork and timeless stor ylines mean that everyone recognises a little of themselves in these classic tales.

"I am delighted that on Wullie's 80th anniversary, Peter and Morris have created a unique illustration for my 2016 Christmas card."

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