Date published: 20th October 2016

A new baby bear, carved from wood by local man Mike Thody, was officially unveiled and named at Holt Country Park today.

Children from Holt Primary School chose the name of the bear as Bertie.

Bertie has been depicted reaching up to his mother, who was previously named as Ursula in a similar ceremony just over a year ago.

Mr Thody’s contribution to the environment at the country park has been well documented over recent years and this, his latest work, will have a permanent place in the park’s sensory garden.

His other carefully crafted work in the park, which is run by North Norfolk District Council, includes Thol the Giant, an angel and a Fish Hut made from woven hazel branches.

During today’s unveiling, the children enjoyed a mini teddy bears picnic alongside teachers, parents and grandparents.

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

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

Mr Thody said: “It’s a pleasure to unveil the baby bear and I hope many people will enjoy this little family for years to come.”

Holt Country Park is on the Norwich Road and has way-marked routes suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Facilities include a visitor centre with toilets.

Last updated: 7th November 2016