The Broons and Oor Wullie

40 – We meet The Broons and Oor Wullie

March 8, 1936

WE love Oor Wullie and The Broons.

And we know you feel exactly the same way, because you’ve told us that for decades.

That they’ve survived almost 80 years is down to the Scottish people.

The 11-strong Broons family reflect the things that are important. Family and fun. Laughs and looking out for each other.

Oor Wullie is that cheeky scamp in every family. He’s from a time when everyone would be on first-name terms with the local bobby, scallywags would get a clip round the ear if they stepped out of line – and the world was probably all the better for it.

The creator of these characters, Dudley D Watkins, knew the importance of family.
But when they first appeared in 1936, he had no idea of the impact they would have.

Dudley D. Watkins
Dudley D. Watkins

He would be proud that, in a world of Xbox and iPods, getting The Broons or Oor Wullie annual every Christmas remains as much a part of the festivities as tinsel and trees.

A read of The Broons and Oor Wullie every Sunday morning is like wrapping yourself in a blanket.

Nothing bad ever happens.

There will be scrapes and adventures, misunderstandings and muddles – but nothing more serious.

In the real world, Oor Wullie would be a pensioner by now. He’d be worrying about how to pay his bills and waiting for a new hip.

Thank goodness both he and every Broon have stayed just the way we love them.

Everything is always tickety-boo in the end.

If only life was always like that!