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Thursday, 19 July, 2001, 19:52 GMT 20:52 UK
Dan desperate for bronze prize
Desperate Dan statue
The statue takes pride of place in Dundee
Desperate Dan - possibly the most famous comic character of all time - has been immortalised in Dundee, the city of his "birth".

The grizzly-faced strong man with a passion for cow pie has been cast in an 8ft-tall bronze statue unveiled by schoolchildren in Dundee High Street on Thursday.

Dan is shown striding out with his faithful pet Dawg in tow and stalked by a life-size version of The Beano prankster catapult-wielding Minnie the Minx.

The latest issue of Dandy, which has featured Dan virtually every week since it first appeared in 1937, shows him packing his bags en-route from Cactusville to Dundee, the home of DC Thomson, publishers of the comic.

Desperate Dan
Dan hails from Dundee, home of publisher DC Thomson
The Dandy editor, Maurice Heggie, said: "The huge bronze of Desperate Dan striding across the City Square will be the colossus of Dundee.

"It is a tribute to a Dundee character who has brought fun and laughter to decades of youngsters.

"The scale of the sculpture is fitting for a true comic giant."

The sculpture is the work of Angus artists Tony and Susie Morrow and has been funded by public and private sources.

Mr Morrow said: "I am delighted. He's head and shoulders above everyone else. For me I'm happy."

In the last decade the city centre has been transformed by an investment of over 400m.

Alan Grant reports
"The giant statue now takes pride of place in the centre of Dundee"
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