Dundee street to be named after Bash Street Kids

Publishers DC Thompson hope that a street will be named after the Bash Street Kids
Publishers DC Thompson hope that a street will be named after the Bash Street Kids
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PLUG, Spotty, Smiffy and the rest of the anarchic Bash Street Kids are set to have a street in Dundee named in their honour to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Beano comic.

• Street naming would coincide with 75th anniversary of the Beano

• Plan also in place to put ‘Glebe Street’ back on Dundee street map

DC Thomson, the Dundee-based publishing company, has submitted plans to the city council to name to create a real life Bash Street next to the city’s West Marketgait where there are proposals to build a new children’s soft play area.

A spokeswoman for DC Thomson said: “We’re discussing with Dundee City Council the idea of naming a new street ‘Bash Street’. This is to tie-in with a proposed children’s soft play area within the former works buildings off West Marketgait. We think it’s a fun idea.”

A Dundee City Council spokesman confirmed: “Dundee City Council has received a request from DC Thomson to allocate the name Bash Street to the street adjacent to 142/144 West Marketgait, which currently has no name.

“This is to tie-in with the proposed new build and to celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Beano in 2013 in the comic’s hometown.”

Councillor Will Dawson, the convener of the council’s city development committee, welcomed the proposal to immortalise the worst behaved class in the history of British education.

He said: ‘We’ve already got Desperate Dan and Minnie the Minx in the centre and it’s good to tie in the Bash Street kids. ‘We’ve got to make these historic connections.”

And he revealed: “There’s another plan to put Glebe Street back on the map. It used to exist in the city and it ties in with the Broons too.”

The strip featuring the Bash Street Kiids and their long suffering teacher was created by Leo Baxendale and first appeared under the title “When the Bell Rings” in February, 1954 - the Beano’s 604th issue. The strip became the Bash Street Kids in 1956.