Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Charlie bear is cause for celebration

A CELEBRATION was held at a teddy bear shop in Henley.

A CELEBRATION was held at a teddy bear shop in Henley.

Asquiths, on the corner of New Street and Bell Street, marked a decade since it started selling Charlie Bears.

The collectable bears were launched by Charlie Morris in 2005 and Asquiths was one of the first places to stock them.

The shop is owned by Joan Bland, a South Oxfordshire district councillor for Henley.

She put 10th anniversary Charlie Bear balloons outside the store and  cut a ribbon to mark the opening of the celebration event on Saturday, which was attended by about 50 people. She served bucks fizz and offered bacon rolls to the teddy bear enthusiasts who visited the store specially.

Mrs Bland said: “They sell the bears in every major country and a lot of smaller ones too. You can’t order them.

“Whenever anyone sees a Charle Bear they can’t help but smile — they all have their own character.

“Customers come along to events like this and talk to each other about the bears they own.” The shop was given “surprise goodie boxes” to sell at the event. Each one contained a limited edition mini-Diesel bear, made of white and nut-brown plush with a dark face and light body and a bell around his neck.

Mrs Bland said: “They’re made from very good materials and all very reasonably priced.”

  Charlie Bears cost from about £45 but can be worth hundreds of pounds depending on the material they are made of.

Mrs Bland said: “People buy them because they are lovely things but the value of the bears now is unbelievable. They are very collectable.”

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