Farewell from favourite bears

PUBLISHED: 14:30 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:02 10 June 2010

Marilyn Reed with window stars William, Bypass and Scruff

Marilyn Reed with window stars William, Bypass and Scruff

TOPSHAM'S teddy bears will be having their last picnic this month as the town says farewell to three antiques that have delighted residents for nearly a decade. Mere Antiques, on Fore Street, will be shutting its doors for the final time this month with o

TOPSHAM'S teddy bears will be having their last picnic this month as the town says farewell to three antiques that have delighted residents for nearly a decade.Mere Antiques, on Fore Street, will be shutting its doors for the final time this month with owners Marilyn and Bob Reed retiring to France with their teddy bears.The 1930s teddy bears, William, Bypass and Scruff, were first introduced to Topsonians at a picnic seven years ago and have kept the town curious as they change scenes every week.Mrs Reed, who lives above the antiques shop, bought the bears to sell them as antiques but they proved to be so popular with residents she continued to display them in the window in different poses every week.She said: "I have had many letters saying thank you for our bears - they are part of a tradition in Topsham.""I try and have them posed during the holidays, someone even made pyjamas and a tennis kit for them and although we have had many offers to sell them we never could."The bears even won the Topsham Town Fayre window display one year with their rendition of cowboys and indians.The couple, who have owned the shop for 13 years, have had many famous items go through their doors including a chest that once belonged to Henry VIII and a table which belonged to a friend of Admiral Lord Nelson. The shop itself is a listed building and was the home at one time of Thomas Hardy's girlfriend Tryphena Sparks.BEAR FAREWELL: Marilyn Reed with window stars William, Bypass and Scruff. Ref p1411mere

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