If you go down to the park today...

SCORES of youngsters took their cuddly friends down to a park for an action-packed day of fun.

If you went down to Horden’s Welfare Park you’d have been in for a big suprise.

Horden Parish Council put on its annual teddy bear’s picnic at the popular park and young people were invited to take along their favourite teddies for the Olympic-themed fancy dress competition for the best-dressed bear.

Council chiefs say despite the recent bad weather, 1,000 people still turned up and the rain held off for the event on Sunday.

Highlights included fairground rides, music from Twister frontman Steve Stoker, face-painting, Magic Jack, Punch and Judy, side-shows and the Party Animals travelling zoo.

There was also have-a-go archery and a circus skills workshop.

Jimmy Bush, the council’s parks and cemetery manager, said: “It wasn’t as big a turnout as we usually get. I think people might have been put off by the weather.

“But we still had a good turnout, with up to 1,000 people, it was still successful.

“When it’s packed, we usually get about 1,500.

“I was still over the moon with it, we couldn’t have asked for better, when you think of the weather in the run-up to it.

“It was quite dark and overcast on the morning and the forecast was for heavy rain.

“But fortunately the wind changed its direction and it must have blown the clouds away.

“I said to the staff not to come in until 10am, in case we had to call it off, but at the end of the day we had some really canny weather.”

The teddy bear’s picnic has been running for around 10 years.