Bamse, the WW2 canine hero

I was in Angus the weekend working on the final stage of my guide to Angus. As I walked over the bridge into Montrose I could see a new statue down at Wharf Street, from a distance I thought it was a lion. As I walked closer I could see that the animal was wearing a what looked like a bonnet. Then I realised it was a very large dog.

Bamse was a crew member of the Norwegian mine sweeper Thorudd, stationed in Montrose and Dundee during the Second World War who saved the lives of at least two sailors. I thought it was a lovely statue with a very expressive face and when I saw the photo of Bamse I could see the scupltor had done an excellent job.

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Hello, I'm Karen Bryan, I created Europe a la Carte in 2002 to highlight the best places to visit in Europe with travel tips, photos and no fluff reviews. I’m also an artist; my artworks are often inspired by my travels