Polar bear in shopping centre

Bjorn the Polar Bear pictured at Castle Dene shopping centre, Peterlee.
Bjorn the Polar Bear pictured at Castle Dene shopping centre, Peterlee.

SHOPPERS were in for a rare festive treat with the visit of a life-sized mechanical polar bear.

The playful and interactive bear entertained families during a spectacular show.

Bjorn the bear and his herder, Ursula, appeared at Castle Dene shopping centre, in Peterlee.

Bjorn and Ursula performed a string of shows yesterday that allowed shoppers to get up close.

The event also featured a fascinating nature documentary-style talk on polar bears and their environment and a question and answer session.