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St Mary's Church, Barton upon Humber, seeks world crown through teddy bear festival

17 September 2016


People from St Mary's Church in Barton upon Humber have been busy throughout the year in taking up a 'Teddy Bear Challenge' in aid of Operation Christmas Child. Their aim has been to knit and crochet an amount of teddy bear hand-puppets that would be sufficient to break the current World Record for the number of puppets. According to organisers, the target is 15,534 puppets, and a banner placed outside of the church (shown below) has been charting the progress made to date.

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As the world-record attempt continues, organisers have also been busy preparing for a Teddy Bears' Festival, which is to be held across this weekend (17th and 18th of September). On the Saturday, teddy-themed stalls, activities, a competition and a teddy trail around the town will be on offer, followed by a teddy bears' service and picnic on the Sunday morning, beginning at 9.30am.

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Following the festival the teddy bear hand-puppets will be packed into Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, which will be distributed to children in other parts of the world.

Further details on the record attempt and festival may be obtained by contacting Julia Wilson via email or by visiting the 'Occ Barton on Humber' Facebook group.

The Teddy Bears' Festival poster may be downloaded as a PDF file by clicking on the document below:

Teddy Bear Festival - St Mary's Barton.pdf, 5155 KB PDF document