Besthorpe holds Jubilee teddy bears picnic

Dozens of teddy bears descended on a Norfolk church on Sunday to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Villagers in Besthorpe, near Attleborough, took their favourite bear to a picnic held in the grounds of All Saints Church.

Children from the parish were presented with a commemorative Jubilee medal to mark the occasion and an English oak was planted near the church.

Besthorpe Parish Council, All Saints Church and the Besthorpe WI joined forces with the support of local businesses to stage the event two weeks after the main Jubilee celebrations.

A teddy bears blessing was also conducted by The Rev Matthew Jackson and children's entertainment was provided by Stevie Spud.

Fran Farrar, one of the organisers of the teddy bears picnic, said it had been a real community effort to stage the event.

'It is really nice to have something that brings the whole of Besthorpe together. We are very close to Attleborough and they had a big Jubilee celebration two weeks ago and we wanted to organise something later for the whole of the village to attend. It is very much a family focus,' she said.

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Teddy bears that attended the picnic ranged from a few years old to a paratrooper bear that is around 120-years-old.

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