Polish school celebrates life of mascot bear

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Children at the Crawley Polish Saturday School celebrated the life of their mascot.

More than 100 pupils and their parents met at the school in the Bewbush Community Centre, Dorsten Square, on Saturday, in celebration of the schools’s mascot Wojtek The Soldier Bear.

Headteacher Renata Jarecka explained Wojtek Bear was a brown bear cub who was found in Iran and adopted by soldiers of the Polish Armed Forces in the Second World War.

She said: “Wojtek was a real animal serving at the Polish Army during the Second World War and many fellow soldiers treated Wojtek not as an animal, but as a comrade and a friend.”

Footage of Wojtek’s life in the army was shown during the celebration and the 120 students performed plays, songs and dances.

After the show there was an official ceremony with many guests including the Mayor of Crawley Councillor Bob Burgess.




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