Great Whelnetham family helps make lockdown 'Bear-able' for neighbours
A Great Whelnetham bear has been keeping busy after lockdown left him with extra time on his paws.
Over the past five weeks, Audrey Woodhouse, her fiancé Thomas Kennedy and her parents Janice and Alan have been helping ‘Bear’ set up new enterprises and try new hobbies.
These have included bird-watching, fishing and running The Brown Bear Arms, which specialises in honey-based beers.
“He has been very busy,” said 22-year-old Audrey. “We’ve got plenty more ideas to keep him entertained and we’re always on the lookout for new costumes and props for him.”
Audrey came up with the idea to put Bear in the family’s Raynsford Road garden to ‘lift the spirits’ of her neighbours during the coronavirus crisis.
“We wanted to cheer people up and that has definitely worked,” she said. “It’s a bit of fun for us and for people passing by. We hope it puts a smile on their faces and just lifts their spirits.”
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