Teddys from near and far at park picnic

16:00, Jan 19 2014
Beattie Riley
BIG TED: Beattie Riley, 5, brought along her bear Bayo to the Teddy Bear's Picnic at Pukekura Park’s Hatchery Lawn on Saturday.

Teddy bears from as far away as the United Kingdom were treated to a day out in the sun on Saturday.

The popular Teddy Bear's Picnic event, part of the TSB Bank Festival of Lights Summer Scene programme, attracted hundreds of families and an assortment of stuffed teddy bears and soft toys.

Entertainment was provided by Auckland group Zoo Boogie and balloons were given to children, courtesy of event sponsor Marbles Restaurant.

Jacob Scott, 6, brought along his stuffed tiger Tigger to the picnic. He said tigers were his favourite animal.

"They've got orange fur like my orange hair," he said.

New Plymouth's Madge Riley, 6, and her sisters Beattie, 5 and Hattie, 2, each had a bear in tow, two of which had come over with the family from Britain when they moved to New Plymouth four and a half years ago.

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Dad Paul Riley said Beattie‘s massive bear Bayo was named after a footballer who played for their hometown club, Northampton.

The girls had been very excited about the picnic.

Part of the appeal was the music on offer, said mum Sarah Riley.

"It's good, free family entertainment."

New Plymouth District Council events manager Melissa Devine-Collins said the Teddy Bear's Picnic was always well attended and its ongoing popularity meant it would remain a mainstay of the Summer Scene programme.

Taranaki Daily News