Lorraine Kelly says she is “beyond excited” about the Penguin Parade set to take over Dundee.
As reported in the Tele, Maggie’s Penguin Parade, which will raise money for the city’s Maggie’s Centre, launches next summer.
A trail of 100 individually-designed penguin sculptures will lead people to various locations across Dundee, similar to last summer’s Oor Wullie Bucket Trail.
TV personality Lorraine was born and raised in Glasgow but has been familiar with the City of Discovery since meeting her husband in the 1980s.
She has lived in Broughty Ferry for the past seven years.
In her regular Sunday Post column she said penguins are “my all-time favourite creature”.
She added: “I’m beyond excited that we are going to see penguins popping up where we least expect them, and all beautifully designed and individually decorated.
“It’s a brilliant idea to raise funds for the Maggie’s Centre, which does such important work helping people with cancer – and supporting loved ones, too.
“I can’t wait. I have always loved these comical creatures.”
As well as attracting sponsorship, the penguins will act as a visual reminder to the work of Maggie’s in Dundee — which is based in the cancer care centre in the grounds of Ninewells Hospital.
Maggie’s has teamed up with public art company Wild in Art for the Penguin Parade.
Dundee has a long association with penguins, which are the emblem of Captain Scott and Ernest Shackleton’s 1901 expedition to the North Pole, on board their Dundee-built ship, the RRS Discovery.
Statues of the birds already stand at a couple of locations in Dundee, including outside Discovery Point — where the ship is based — and on a wall close to the Overgate in the city centre.
Lorraine added: “The most romantic present my husband Steve ever bought me was a five-foot emperor penguin statue that sits in our garden. In the winter, we give him a woolly scarf and hat and, in the summer, he wears giant comedy sunglasses.
“Steve tracked down the artist who created the four gorgeous penguin statues outside Discovery Point, the interactive museum in Dundee which gives a real insight into the achievements and struggles of the heroic Antarctic explorers like Scott and Shackleton.
“I filmed a documentary on penguins in South Africa – they even have their own emergency hospital because of all the hazards they face.”
The Penguin Parade, in aid of Maggie’s in Dundee, will be held for 10 weeks next summer. For more information, visit www.maggiespenguinparade.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org