Thought this was worth sharing. You may have seen this recently in the Hamilton Advertiser. Pictured from 1987 is Hercules the Bear at the inaugural Blantyre Highland Games behind Bardykes Farm (Wilkies).
The reporter noted, “Hamilton Provost Sam Casserly was confronted by bear faced cheek in March 1987 when he came face to face with Hercules the Bear and was ‘frankly terrified’.
Mr Casserly, chieftain of the inaugural Blantyre Highland Games in May admitted that had Maggie Robbins, wife of Hercules owner Andy had not been sitting beside him, he wouldn’t have gone near him. Hammer thrower Chris Black is also pictured with the bear.”
I have to admit, these were different times. I LOVED seeing Hercules at the Games, but as a Committee member for the current Blantyre Community Committee hosting our contemporary gala weekends, the thought of a bear amongst local crowds with children absolutely terrifies me and I can only imagine our insurers saying , “You want to do what?!”
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