Baby Bertie bear joins his mum at Holt Country Park

Holt Primary School pupils with artist Mike Thody, North Norfolk District Council deputy leader Judy

Holt Primary School pupils with artist Mike Thody, North Norfolk District Council deputy leader Judy Oliver (left), cabinet member for leisure and cultural services Becky Palmer and Ursula the bear, who has been joined by a baby bear sculpture named Bertie. Picture: North Norfolk District Council - Credit: Archant

A wooden baby bear sculpture named by local school children has been unveiled at Holt Country Park.

Depicted reaching up to his mother, who was christened Ursula in a similar ceremony just over a year ago, Bertie was created by artist Mike Thody, who joined Holt Primary School pupils and North Norfolk District Council members for a teddy bears picnic.

The mother and son sculptures will have a permanent place in the park's sensory garden.

Unveiling the work, Mr Thody, whose other work in the district council-run park includes Thol the Giant, an angel and a fish hut made from woven hazel branches, said: 'I hope many people will enjoy this little family for years to come.'

Council cabinet member for leisure and cultural services, Becky Palmer, said: 'Mike continues to brighten up Holt Country Park with his striking sculptures.


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'We are enormously grateful to him for giving his time voluntarily; he is a hugely skilled sculptor and an enormous asset to the park.'

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