VIDEO: Teddy bears come out to play in Horden’s Welfare Park

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IF you went down to the park yesterday you were in for a big surprise.

For Horden Parish Council hosted its annual teddy bear’s picnic at the village’s Welfare Park.

Dancers perform at the Teddy Bear's Picnic at Horden Welfare Park.

Dancers perform at the Teddy Bear's Picnic at Horden Welfare Park.

Youngsters had fun taking along their fancy dress teddybears to the popular event, which was attended by more than 1,500 people.

There was a host of activities for all the family to enjoy, including a singer, Magic Jack, a mini zoo, circus skills workshop and bouncy castles.

Other highlights included rides, games and contests for the best fancy dress and best-dressed teddy-bear.

The parish council’s parks and cemetery manager Jimmy Bush said: “The weather was beautiful, which obviously helped. It was probably one of the best-ever years we have had for it.

“The place was packed with queues for the side-stalls, the bouncy castle, swings and hook-a-duck.

“This was the most people that have been in the park for a long time.

“We are usually fizzling out by around 4pm-4.30pm, but it was still busy toward the planned closing time at 5pm.”

Horden’s teddy bear’s picnic has been running for around 10 years and always proves popular.

Last year’s event had an Olympic theme.