A book celebrating the story behind Bideford’s Tarka the Otter statue has been launched by author Henry Williamson’s son.

A book celebrating the story behind a bronze otter statue in Bideford has gone on sale.

Richard and Anne Williamson, the son and daughter-in-law of Tarka the Otter author Henry Williamson, attended the launch at Bideford Library.

Tonia Quance, of Businesses of Bideford, said: “Bideford- An Otter’s Tale, is the story of how Bideford and surrounding areas got together to create an entertaining book about how they raised the money for the bronze statue of Tarka situated on Bideford Quay.

“Bideford’s mayor and mayoress Dermot and Sarah McGeough attended to wish everyone well and of course buy a copy.

The signing of the Tarka The Otter book. Picture: Graham HobbsThe signing of the Tarka The Otter book. Picture: Graham Hobbs

“We were delighted with the turn out and would like to thank everyone for the huge efforts that were put in to make the day so wonderful.”

Copies of the book are on sale for £15, at Walter Henry’s bookshop. All profits from the sale of this book will be used for small projects in the Bideford area.