Bus named after ‘war bear’
First Aberdeen and children at Walker Road Primary School in Torry have been remembering a bear who aided troops in the Second World War. Wojtek (Voytek), a Syrian Brown bear was found in Iran and adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corp. He was given a home at Edinburgh Zoo after the war.
There is a large Polish community in Torry and First Aberdeen has named a bus after the bear – the number 3 Torry service. The bus features the bear’s name on the front as well as posters designed by the children displayed inside for passengers to learn more about the bear’s history.
MD of First Aberdeen, David Phillips, said, ‘The story of Wojtek the soldier bear certainly captured the children’s imagination – and every one at First Aberdeen too!
Aberdeen has a growing population of people with Polish heritage, and we’ve a strong number of Polish recruits among our drivers. We’re delighted to support the school with this fantastic history project, and pass the story on to our passengers as they travel on our frequent Service 3.’