BBC films about Bamse

Fred MacAulay with St Bernards in Montrose
Fred MacAulay with St Bernards in Montrose

The BBC have been filming in Montrose to highlight the story of sea dog Bamse and the events which will mark the anniversary of his death.

Comedian Fred MacAulay was filming all day in the town last Wednesday (June 25) for his current series ‘On the Road’, which flags up-coming events throughout Scotland over the summer.

The show will to highlight the free 70th anniversary commemoration and celebration event of Bamse, who is buried in Montrose, which is happening at Wharf Street by the dog’s statue on Monday, July 21

Fred spent time filming by the statue and in Links Park with a group of St Bernard dogs from the St Bernard Club of Scotland, who had come from all over the country.

Dog-lover Fred met and interviewed Montrose resident Jessie Paton who remembers the famous sea dog in the school playground at Southesk School, and who was actually present at his burial 1944.

Jessie Paton said afterwards: “It was great getting to meet Fred MacAulay, he put me at ease straight away.

“I was able to tell him of those days so many years ago when Bamse brought some happiness into our lives – but it was so sad when he died – all the children’s eyes were full of tears.”

The programme will be aired on Monday, July 7 or Monday July, 14 in advance of event on July 21, which starts at 10 a.m. on Wharf Street.