Bears’ big boat adventure

READY TEDDY: Syra Chubb, five, with her brothers Lleyton, seven, and Kian, three, and their teddy bears.
READY TEDDY: Syra Chubb, five, with her brothers Lleyton, seven, and Kian, three, and their teddy bears.

Clutched tightly to children’s chests, teddy bears took a boat trip adventure along the River Stour.

As part of the River Stour Trust’s (RST) drive to get more people using the river, around 80 children and their cuddly companions joined in the annual Teddy Bear Boat Rides event from the Granary in Quay Lane, Sudbury, on Monday.

With the offer of free boat rides, and perhaps a teddy bears’ picnic, the event, which has been going for more than a decade, proved a success.

“Considering the financial conditions at the moment, the day went very well,” said trust member Jim Lunn.

“We must have done rides for 80 adults and about the same number of children, who were all quite happy with their teddy bears.”

Mr Lunn, who lives in Sible Hedingham, said he hoped those who attended would return to the river for more fun in the near future.

“We want to encourage awareness of the river and it is sad that lots of people in Sudbury don’t use it or know its history,” he said.

“The river used to be very important for navigation and we are trying to preserve that history and get more people to use it.”