Call to support Teddy Bears Picnic

At last year's Teddy Bear's picnic: Tia Heathorn and her brother Elliot
At last year's Teddy Bear's picnic: Tia Heathorn and her brother Elliot

An award-winning society which has missed out on thousands of pounds because of cancelled events is urging the public to get behind it.

Rushden Historical Transport Society lost out on £20,000 when its Cavalcade of Historical Transport and Country Show became the first big victim of the bad weather in May. It was also hoping to appear at Rushden Party in the Park but that had to be cancelled too.

This weekend the society, which won the People’s Choice award at the Northamptonshire Heritage Awards this month, is hoping for crowds at its annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Rushden Train Station and is planning its second 1960s weekend.

Chairman John Sugars said: “We’ve had a disappointing start to the summer but we hope things will brighten up. The teddy bears picnic is always a big hit and we’re hoping to see lots of families.”

The event will be held from 11am to 4pm on July 21 and 22. Train journeys cost £4 for adults, £2 for concessions but children under-10 accompanied by an adult and a teddy will get a free ride.

The 1960s weekend will run from 10am to 5pm on August 18 and 19 and feature 1960s music, train rides from 11am, a hippy camp, a buffet, real ale bar, games, 1960s vehicles and visitors can dress up in 1960s clothes. There will be a disco in the evening on August 18. It costs £2 for adults, £1 for under-fives or £1.50 for senior citizens.

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