Follow the bear

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A park’s mascot has joined Twitter and is asking his fans to follow him.

Wicky Bear, who has been entertaining children at Wicksteed Park, Kettering, for more than a decade has gone online to talk to his number one fans.

Within days of his first tweet he had about 400 followers – many of them adults with fond memories of Wicky from trips to the park when they were younger.

He has already entertained followers with tweets about splashing in puddles and eating hot potatoes to keep warm – as well as pictures of him dancing and having fun with fellow mascots Kerry the Koala and Charlie the Dog.

Wicky, who can be followed at @wickybear, is also tweeting updates on forthcoming events, such as his Christmas Party at the park on Thursday, December 20.

Many initial followers are adults, who have tweeted messages such as “I loved your shows back in the day! Legend!” and “Not gonna lie, I am stupidly excited that I have just received this email: You have a new follower – Wicky Bear.”

But the park is hoping that younger followers will follow the bear under parental supervision to learn more about the park and interact with their favourite character.

Marie Phillips, marketing co-ordinator at the park, said: “This is a great way for children to interact with Wicky Bear and find out more about the park and what is going on.

“It’s also a way for parents to give their children a supervised introduction to social media, whether they have their own Twitter account or through their parents’.

“We already have our @WicksteedPark Twitter feed, which has around 1,000 followers, but this is a great bit of fun and provides a friendly face and a personal touch, which is often more fun and entertaining than tweeting on behalf of an organisation.”