Tayside and Central Scotland

Oor Wullie video aims to make Peake progress

Oor Wullie Peake Image copyright Chris Scott Photography
Image caption The Astro Wullie sculpture is inspired by Maj Tim Peake

A video appealing to astronaut Maj Tim Peake to visit his Oor Wullie-inspired sculpture in Dundee has been launched.

The customised version of David Bowie's Space Oddity urges the astronaut to see the "Astro Wullie" statue in the city.

The sculpture is one of 55 individual designs on display in Dundee for the next ten weeks in Oor Wullie's Bucket Trail.

The video was made by marketing firm Volpa, sponsors of the Astro Wullie statue.

It has been viewed almost 8,000 times on Facebook since its launch on Thursday.

Maj Peake has given the video a "like" from his official Twitter account.

The company said it hoped Maj Peake would contact them via social media, which he used extensively during his six-month spell on the International Space Station.

The statues will be displayed over the summer before being auctioned to raise funds for the Tayside Children's Hospital Appeal.

One of the designs had to be cleaned two days after going on display after black paint was thrown over it.

A hypodermic syringe was removed from the wooden base of the sculpture in the Hilltown by Dundee City Council's rapid response team on Friday.

An app has been launched for the project to allow visitors to follow the trail and pose for photographs beside the sculptures, which have been sponsored by local businesses and organisations.

A further group of sculptures will take part in a national tour later this year.

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