Dundee street named after Beano comic's gang of naughty kids

A street in Dundee has been named after the city's most famous gang of naughty kids.

Bash Street was officially unveiled in the city's Marketgait area on Wednesday.

It marks the 60th anniversary of the Bash Street Kids in Dundee publisher DC Thomson's Beano comic.

The pedestrianised street is now the proud home of a sign featuring an illustrated design, believed to be one of the first of its kind in the UK.

The Beano editor-in-chief Mike Stirling said: “The Bash Street Kids are legends of our past, present and future.

"By reading The Beano, generations have ‘attended’ school with the characters and kids still follow their adventures every week. It’s truly an honour for kids of all ages, everywhere, that a street is being named after The Bash Street Kids.

“The Beano team are thrilled, well everyone except Dennis. He’s not a happy boy, not at all. He thinks the street should have been named ‘Menace Street’.”

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Bash Street Kids in The Beano

Bill Campbell, depute convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee, added: “We have many roads in Dundee named after famous people, famous places and even famous rivers, but I think this is the first time that we’ve agreed to name a street after a famous street.

“The Bash Street Kids and The Beano itself are iconic and it is truly fitting that the city of their birth should commemorate them in this most public of ways. We've already got statues of Desperate Dan and Minnie the Minx in the city centre and it's good to tie in with other comic characters."

The sign was designed by the consumer products team at DC Thomson and uses classic Bash Street Kids artwork. It features Plug and Wilfred putting their own spin on street art by leaving a couple of interesting messages for Teacher.

Mr Stirling added: “It’s great that Dundee City Council allowed us to be creative with the Bash Street sign and feature illustration which reflects the fun and playful nature of The Beano.”

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