Hercules could return to Uist

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The ashes of famous Hercules the Bear could be buried in Langass Woodland near to a new statue of him.

Langass Woodland Trust (Urras an Craobh Uibhist a Tuath) in North Uist  commissioned a statue of  the world famous grizzly bear who escaped in the islands in 1980 and spent 24 days on the run.

He was later spotted swimming off North Uist and was rescued and returned to his delighted owners. The story brought international attention to the islands and the project by the local Trust will tell the story to a new generation.

Hercules, owned by Andy and Maggie Robin, was starring in an Andrex advert being filmed on Benbecula when he disappeared.

The statue was officially unveiled last week.

Langass is a community woodland managed by Urras an Craobh Uibhist a Tuath.

Since forming in 2005 the trust have actively begun to make improvements to Langass so that the woodland can be used as an educational and recreational resource by the local community and visitors to the island.

They have received funding for roads and pathways from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, LEADER and Awards for All.