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Grandma returns and Oor Wullie goes

October 13, 2010 in News

Grandma has returned to Ipswich. The statue of the legendary Giles character was removed earlier this year to make way for a redevelopment of the area, but is now positioned looking up at the window where cartoonist Carl Giles worked as the centrepiece of the newly renamed Giles Circus (as previously reported in Bloghorn).

Meanwhile, north of the border a sketchbook belonging to Dudley D Watkins went under the hammer in Dundee last week. The sketchbook, which featured three sketches by Watkins of his comic characters Oor Wullie and The Broons went for £1600, easily beating the expected price of £1000. Also sold was a plaster cast of Oor Wullie sitting on an upturned bucket, which sold for £240.

Ipswich to approve Giles Circus

December 16, 2009 in General

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Ipswich Borough Council is expected to give the go-ahead to plans to revamp part of the town centre around a statue dedicated to the cartoonist Giles this week. The scheme, to be known as Giles Circus, will raise the statue of his Grandma character to a more prominent position and will include improvements to the pavement area, seating and disability access. The statue, which also features other members of the Giles Family, is situated near the late Daily Express cartoonist’s former studio and was unveiled in 1993 by actor Warren Mitchell.