New funding push for Wojtek statue

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The campaign to install a statue of the bear Wojtek, who lived and worked with Polish soldiers stationed Berwickshire, at a site in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens, has stepped up a notch.

The Aviva Community Fund has opened an online vote allowing you to show your support for community-based projects, including the project to build Wojtek’s memorial in Edinburgh.

Up to £25,000 will be made available for the best-supported projects.

If you’d like to vote for Wojtek, you can do so by going online at www.community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/496/

Following the end of World War II in 1945, the bear was transported to Berwickshire, along with parts of the Polish II Corps, stationed at Winfield Airfield on Sunwick Farm near the village of Hutton,

The aim of the Wojtek Memorial Trust is to increase the understanding and significance of the story of Wojtek “the Soldier Bear” and the displaced Polish soldiers during and after the Second World War.

The City of Edinburgh Council granted planning consent in September 2013 and more than £200,000 has been raised so far for its installation, with a total funding target of £300,000.