THE teddies came in all sizes, and the plums were first-class
Worcestershire fruit, and had their own Pershore Plum Princess in
Mia Brotherton, aged nine. She and Sarah Brush (pictured),
the Worcester diocesan youth officer, joined the
teddy bears and plums at Pershore Abbey for the first Teddy Praise
and Plum Festival Service, on Sunday 15 August.
The teddies joined in the action songs, and were blessed for
their bravery to come by the Revd Alma Organ. Two weeks later, at
the town's big Plum Fayre, on Bank Holiday Monday, they would be
joining the hundreds of teddies zip-wiring down from the Abbey
tower, or parachuting down inside it.
Peter Stansbie, who was preaching, told the children that teddy
bears were a reminder of God's love: always faithful, no matter