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Teddies’ day out

24 October 2014

THERE are still, it seems, teddy bears willing to parachute from church towers - and not only teddies this time, but other animals as well, including a red squirrel. About 70 of them jumped the 100 feet from the top of St Andrew's, in Swanwick, Derby diocese, to celebrate the Harvest Festival. The teddies came in all sorts of outfits, including a fireman, a Grenadier guard, a paratrooper, and a bride, and one wore roller skates. All were awarded badges and certificates.

The morning service had focused on the Bishop of Derby's harvest appeal to set up a recycling project in Delhi. There were displays by young people's organisations around the church, all made from recycled goods, and the Harvest produce was sent to the Padley Centre, Derby, which works with the homeless.

The fun with teddies took place in the afternoon, when there was also a teddy-bear trail in church. Bears played the part of church members, such as McCauley Bear, the audio-visual technician; Lucy Bear, the verger; and Olivia Bear, the organist.

The Vicar, the Revd Carole Lloyd, was interviewed about the event on Radio Derby, and explained how the parachutes were made by taking the fabric off broken umbrellas and adapting it slightly to make a better shape.

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