Teddy bears have a picnic at Glendaveny

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GLENDAVENY Teddy Bears celebrated its 20th birthday on Wednesday with a special open day and teddy bears picnic at its premises in Peterhead’s Broad Street.

Di Faithfull, senior day service officer at Willowbank Day Services, said: “The theme of the open day is ‘bears reunited’ and it was great to see many Glendaveny Teddy Bears come back to join in the celebrations.”

Councillor Gurudeo Saluja, chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s social work and housing committee, said: “It is a great achievement to celebrate 20 years in business and it has been largely down to the great support locally which the bears have received over the years and the uniqueness and personalised nature of the product itself.

“Thank you to everyone who has purchased a bear over the last 20 years, and to those who continue to do so.”

In March, Glendaveny Bears launched its very own Facebook page which can be found under glendavenyteddybears@hotmail.co.uk

It’s a project run by Aberdeenshire Council to provide training opportunities for adults with learning and other disabilities.

Initially the project was based at Willowbank Day Centre but then in 1995 moved to its present premises in order to have a high street presence.

The project has had many instances of note namely including a visit from HRH Prince Charles in April 1998.

The following year it received the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) award for overall excellence in Glasgow and it also had the honour of supplying the Balmoral Gift Shop with its own commissioned bears, Gregor and Ewan.

It also produced a limited edition of 100 bears for the Millennium.