A group of 13 pupils and two teachers from Honningsvag Secondary School at the northmost tip of Norway have enjoyed a week’s visit to Montrose.
They followed up the connection between their home town Honningsvag and Montrose, which was established through Sea Dog Bamse, the World War Two St Bernard ship’s dog. In 2006 a statue of the heroic canine was erected on the Montrose waterfront, and, following this in 2009 the town of Honningsvag erected a duplicate statue. The two statues face towards one another, with 2,000 km between them!
English teacher Linda Hanssen, said: “We have been very well looked after by Lathallan School and Montrose Academy and it is interesting to compare them to our own in Honningsvag. We are also doing day trips to Aberdeen and Edinburgh. It has been very good for the pupils to establish the link between the two Bamse statues, and to learn more about the story first-hand. Each pupil bought a small stone from Honningsvag to place on his grave.”