The bear that went to Scottish village dances
Heart-warming animal story here, about a bear adopted by a Polish unit in WW2:
The bear accompanied the Poles to Scotland eventually, where he impinged upon the music scene as follows:
"He was also very keen on Saturday-night dances in the local village halls — one attraction was the home baking, the other the music. The bear would sit down, legs splayed, facing the band, and sway along to the jigs and reels. Wojtek did take up a lot of dancefloor space, but the Polish soldiers were keen to take him with them to dances — because he was very useful in attracting girls.
‘He had proved his abilities in that direction the previous year in Italy, when he would swim underwater towards a group of women in the sea, then emerge in the middle of them and lark around until any strangely available Polish soldiers could jump in and gallantly ‘rescue’ the victims."
The dances were in Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders, btw. The article (the review of a book about the bear and his companions which is bound to be more informative) does not say where the unit stayed or visited in that county.