PICTURE GALLERY: Youngsters and their favourite furry friends board Bure Valley Railway’s special teddy express service

A troupe of cuddly characters have been joining their young owners on a series of special train rides across the north Norfolk countryside this half term.

The Bure Valley Railway has once again run its popular Teddy Bear Express services this week and invited children to bring their favourite furry friends along for a ride.

Snuggly bunnies, huggable hounds and traditional teddies have been joining dozens of youngsters, parents and grandparents on the special services from Aylsham and Wroxham since they started running on Saturday.

Susan Munday, Bure Valley's business manager, said the teddy bear services had proved a hit with children of all ages and had been busy today.

'It's a nice family event and the feedback has been very good,' she added. 'We have run it for a few years now and it's quite a popular event and we get a lot of customers coming back.'

A teddy-bear spotting treasure hunt is being run along the line and the Bure Valley's cuddly new mascot has been joining youngsters on board, while the Whistlestop cafe at Aylsham has been serving up toy themed treats.

? The teddy express service runs until Sunday, February 19. Trains depart from Aylsham at 10am, 12.40pm and 3.30pm and from Wroxham at 11.10am, 2pm and 4.40pm. Children accompanied by a fare paying adult and their favourite cuddly toy go free.

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