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Waverley to Hit the Waves as Schools Clipper Mascot

posted 10 Sep 2009, 07:26 by myEdinburgh Admin
The crew of the 'Edinburgh Inspiring Capital' yacht are to get an extra hand on deck tomorrow when a seafaring teddy bear representing Edinburgh's schools is handed over at Newhaven Harbour.

The bear, donated by Jenners, was recently named 'Waverley' by five year old Zoe Dow of Drumbrae Primary School after she won a naming competition. Home Economics pupils from Firrhill High School have provided Waverley with suitable outfits for his journey including a kilt and wet weather gear.

Cllr Marilyne MacLaren - who initiated the mascot idea, Capital Crew members, competition winner Zoe Dow and Firrhill High's outfit designers will be available for photographs and interviews at Newhaven Harbour, Edinburgh tomorrow (September 9).

City Education Leader Cllr Marilyne MacLaren said:

"This voyage will be a life changing experience for the Capital Crew but I wanted Edinburgh's young people to get as much out of this project as possible too.

"With Waverley the bear's help, pupils all across Edinburgh will be able to follow this inspirational voyage and I hope that, as a result, lots of young people will be inspired to go on their own great adventures in the future.

"We are delighted that Zoe came up with a name that has such strong associations with Edinburgh and Scotland. Waverley is the name of Edinburgh's railway station and is the name of one of Scotland's most iconic ships. It also has links to Edinburgh's City of Literature theme through Sir Walter Scott's Waverley novels so we'll be sure that pupils have the opportunity to learn all about this."

Waverley will join the crew for their departure from Hull on the 13th September and he will be photographed at various locations around the world. Pictures, together with his experiences on the voyage, will form part of a blog which pupils can access during the trip.

Waverley will play his part in representing the pupils of Edinburgh in places as far a field as Rio, Cape Town and Singapore.