New Wojtek the bear statue unveiling

Wojtek the Bear
Wojtek the Bear

The Wojtek soldier bear statue gifted to the people of Duns by their Polish twin town Zagan will be unveiled on Sunday, April 24, at 3pm in the Market Square.

The unveiling will be carried out by the Mayor of Zagan, followed by a blessing by a Polish priest.

A party from Poland and representatives from Monte Casino in Italy, where an identical statue as been erected, will also be there.

Wojtek brings the three nations together: adopted by Polish troops, enlisted into the army, he was with them at the battle of Monte Casino and travelled with them to Berwickshire in 1945.