Brave teddies given the trip of a lifetime at St Margaret’s Church fete in Lowestoft

St Margaret's Church- Teddy Zip Wire. Capt Paul McDonough

St Margaret's Church- Teddy Zip Wire. Capt Paul McDonough - Credit: Archant

The blistering heat did not stop a total of 88 teddy bears from descending down a fast zip wire, as captivated children looked on in amazement at their soft and cuddly soulmates.

Teddy Nurse Tina Barnard and Gerda Buckley. Pictures: Mick Howes

Teddy Nurse Tina Barnard and Gerda Buckley. Pictures: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

It was all part of the Independence Day for Teddies, held for the first time at St Margaret's Church and Church Centre in Hollingsworth Road, Lowestoft on Saturday (July 4).

Children of all ages were able to register their beloved bears at a small price of 50p, where they were given a label before being taken onto the roof of the church tower.

Once given the all clear, the furry toys descended down the zip wire, provided by the Lowestoft scouts.

To make sure the bears had not sustained any injuries and were not too shaken by their experience, the children could then take them for a free health check before being presented with a certificate to signify how brave their bear had been.

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The fun day also provided the chance for visitors to enjoy a tombola, bric-a-brac and stalls selling plants, games and American-style refreshments, including hot dogs, burgers and ice creams.

Jenny Wilson, chairman of the social committee, reflected on what she described as 'a very happy event', raising a total of £560.

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'It was a very good day and we had some great local support,' she said.

'It was a bit hot on the day but the children and their teddies really loved it which is the most important thing.

'We are really grateful to all the scouts who helped to rig up the zip wire and everybody who came on the day.

'The American-style refreshments went really quickly and it turned out to be a fantastic event.'

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