Shetland's most famous Bear looks for a name

A specially designed one-off Burra Bear, made by Wendy Inkster, has been produced to commemorate the arrival of The Tall Ships Races 2011 in Lerwick.

Children and families are being asked to “Guess the Name of the Burra Bear” in an effort to win this exclusive design of the famous Shetland bear as part of the family celebrations which will take place throughout the course of the weekend.

Using material designed by local design graduate, Hilary Seatter, the Burra Bear’s design incorporates many of the themes of the Tall Ships including the colours of the Shetland flag, the Jolly Roger and the anchor style pattern.

Wendy Inkster has been making Burra Bears since 1997, using pure Shetland wool knitted into the highly distinctive and sought after Fair Isle patterns, each one producing a very individual and unique bear.  Each of the bears are given a Shetland name to reflect their personality and Hilary has been given the task of naming this very special bear to mark the Tall Ships event in Shetland.

Hilary’s chosen name for the bear is a closely guarded secret and will be announced at 5pm on Sunday 24th July.

For a chance to win this exclusive Burra Bear, please register your guess at the Fun and Games stall which will be located on Albert Wharf from Thursday 21st July until Sunday 24th July.