The story of Big Ted, a bear belonging to Elaine Purnell

My parents bought Big Ted from Jenners, and gave him to me on the day I was born, so we have always been together. We are 60 now! Ted is in quite good shape for his age, and has never needed repairs before, but since he became a little the worse for wear, I sent him to the toy hospital for some TLC. Ted has been a great comfort to me all my life, and I get emotional when I hold him: toys can evoke deep seated memories of your childhood. I remember playing tea parties with my teddy and my favourite doll. I always took Goldie and baby doll to bed: Goldie was the nickname I gave him. My own children also played with Goldie, and if I am ever blessed with a grandchild, I would love to pass him on.