Wojtek the soldier bear’s trust is launched

One of the fim extras, Alexander Orr from Sunwick, is pictured at Winfield with Wojtek (played by Adam Irving).
One of the fim extras, Alexander Orr from Sunwick, is pictured at Winfield with Wojtek (played by Adam Irving).

The Wojtek Memorial Trust was launched by General Nick Eeles, General Officer Commanding Scotland and Governor of Edinburgh Castle at the castle this week.

Trust founder Aileen Orr from Hutton was determined to see a permanent memorial to the six foot Syrian bear, Private Wojtek, who was adopted by Polish soldiers, recruited into their unit and travelled with them to Berwickshire after the war. He lived with them at their camp at Winfield near Paxton before ending his days in Edinburgh Zoo.

The sculpture, by Alan Heriot, is the centrepiece of a campaign by the Wojtek Memorial Trust to highlight the story Architect and at the trust launch Alan Beattie Herriot spoke about the journey he has had preparing the memorial. Architect Raymond Muszynski was also there and he unveiled plans for the memorial site.”