21st Oct, 2016

Brave bears gear up for giant leap

Rob George 30th Aug, 2015 Updated: 15 hours ago

MORE THAN 200 teddy bears are expected to parachute or zip-wire from the high tower at Pershore Abbey on Bank Holiday Monday.

Every year this popular event has attracted hundreds of children who scream with excitement when Parachute Teddy Bears jump from a great height inside the tower.

Some parachutes are available, but most bears bring their own – some as big as a sheet, some as small as a hanky.

Seven events for teddy bear are planned to attract and delight everyone who loves their furry friends.

The Teddy Bears’ picnic from midday till 2pm on Sunday (August 30) beside the Pershore park bandstand is followed by a Teddy Parade to the Abbey.

Teddy lovers of all ages then join in the popular Teddies Praise Service at 2.30pm, conducted for the first time by the new vicar, the Rev Claire Lording.

On hand to collect a pound of plums, the annual rent for the Community Centre, will be Archdeacon Robert Jones from Worcester Diocese.

Then on Monday during the Plum Fayre, there will be a Teddy Stall and a competition with a beautiful, dressed teddy as the prize.

Outside from the top of the tower, at various times of the day, teddy bears will slide down a 50 metre zip wire.

A team of runners from the Pershore Scout troop will collect and run the bears up the tower, while stewards make sure each bear is returned safely to its owner.