Scots actress and comedy star Elaine C Smith has told how the story of sea dog Bamse almost made her cry.
Elaine was speaking after filming in Montrose as part of her upcoming STV series, Bird’s Eye View, which was related to her recent sell-out show at Arbroath’s Webster Theatre.
She heard the story of Bamse by local author Andrew Orr, co-author of a best-selling book about the canine hero, who chatted to her in front of the Bamse waterfront statue.
Elaine said: “I have often passed by Montrose on my way to appear in panto at His Majesty’s in Aberdeen, and it’s great to have a chance to stop and take it in.
“I just love the High Street which reminds me of some of the great borders market towns. And then I have discovered sea dog Bamse and his amazing story, which almost made me cry.”
St Bernard Bamse left Norway aboard the minesweeper Thorodd with his owner, Captain Erling Hafto, and spent time in Dundee and Montrose.
As a full member of the crew of the Thorodd, he served until his death in Montrose in July 1944.