Bear hunt brings a smile to passers-by

Residents of Fulshaw Park in Wilmslow have been cheering up passers-by with toy bears of all types and sizes displayed in the front windows of their homes.

Similar hunts are taking place in communities around the world to help cheer up children, and adults, during the coronavirus lockdown.

Inspired by the children's book We're Going on a Bear Hunt, written by UK author Michael Rosen, stuffed teddy bears are being placed in windows to give families something fun to do whilst out walking for their day exercise in their own neighbourhood.

Helen Culwick said "Fulshaw Park neighbours looking for ways to keep up spirits during the coronavirus lockdown decided to join in the craze and over 110 bears have been spotted by those doing their daily exercise or key workers on their commute.

"One of the neighbours heard of it happening elsewhere and spread the word on our WhatsApp group, which has previously been used for a neighbourhood watch, and now helping us all keep in touch through the crisis."



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Pete Taylor
Sunday 5th April 2020 at 6:20 pm
Good to see my old bear getting his 15 minutes of fame! The red jacket was knitted for him, I guess, about 1954; his younger companion is called Nice- I was pushing my son, in his push-chair, thro' Grove St and an elderly lady said to him "that's a nice bear, what is his name?" "Nice" was the answer!

It was really great to see all the families taking part in the bear hunt; well done to all.
Clive Cooksey
Wednesday 8th April 2020 at 3:00 pm
Great! My neighbour opposite put one in her window, and I didn't know why! So I put one in our window so hers would not be lonely!! Dig out your teddies folks lets get them on show, to cheer up these dull dangerous days. Keep safe everyone, especially younger people who you may pass in the street. Some have no idea how far apart is at least two metres.