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Comic creator legend at special Edinburgh Castle event

13 January 2009

Historic Scotland Edinburgh Castle is hosting a special event this Saturday, 17th January, to welcome comic creating legend David Donaldson.  Donaldson will be presenting a latest  Broons escapade – Broons Burns Night – and signing Broons copies for visitors.   

Donaldson is a veteran contributor to some of Britain’s best loved characters.  A script writer and editor since 1962, his work has included the Beezer, Topper, Beano and the Dandy.  In addition, he was responsible for originating a series of famous faces for the Nutty comic in 1980 including the much loved Bananaman – a character who still enjoys cult status to this day.  

David Donaldson’s mainstay however has always been the Broons and Oor Wullie, working on the much loved characters for several decades.

This Broons adventure – Broons Burns Night – has arrived in time for the celebrated poets birthday on 25th January.  This is also the year of Homecoming.  250 years after Rabbie Burns’ birth, Homecoming 2009 celebrates some of Scotland’s greatest contributions to the world:  Burns, golf, whisky, the enlightenment and innovation and Scotland’s culture and heritage.  

The event at Edinburgh Castle this Saturday 17th brings together many of these elements together with one of Scotland’s most famous fictional families.  Visitors will also have the chance to have their photo taken with a life size cut out group of the family and Rabbie Burns.   

Rebecca Hamilton, Marketing and Media Manager at Historic Scotland said:

"We always have a wide range of events throughout Historic Scotland attractions.  This event - Broons and Burns at Edinburgh Castle - offers a fantastic opportunity for people to meet the man behind the Broons - the legendary David Donaldson and understand a little more about Scotland’s great poet, Robert Burns.  David will be doing book signings throughout the day.  It is also a chance to sample some of our favourite Scottish treats.  We are providing some lively ceilidh music, plenty of haggis, whisky and shortbread tastings, lots of laughter and a few surprises.  And, it’s great value as it is all included in admission price to Edinburgh Castle."

NOTES TO EDITORS

  • The event at Edinburgh Castle will take place between 11am and 3pm on Saturday, 17th January.  
  • Entry to the event is INCLUDED as part of the admission price to Edinburgh Castle:  Adults £9.79, Concessions £6.85, Child £4.89.  
  • Tickets can be bought on-line in advance at www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk
  • David Donaldson’s personal hobbies include hillwalking, rock climbing, sea kayaking, cycling and he’s an enthusiast of the accordion.  
  • The Broons characters are copyright of DC Thomson.
  • The Broons Burns Night is published by Waverley Books, an imprint of Geddes and Grosset.  

CONTACT AND IMAGES

If you wish to send a photographer to capture images in advance of the event, or if you wish to send a photographer to capture the event, please contact as below to discuss.

IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THE MEDIA, AND WISH TO ATTEND THE EVENT, PLEASE CALL US TO REGISTER YOUR NAME/S.
REGISTER TO ATTEND:

Paul Spence
Marketing and Media Assistant
T: 0131 668 8731
E: paul.spence@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

For further information


Rebecca Hamilton
Marketing and Media Manager
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8685 / 07788 923871
rebecca.hamilton@scotland.gsi.gov.uk