Ethel says ‘bye-bye darling, I’ll miss you’ to Teddy

A great-great grandmother is parting with her beloved teddy bear to raise vital cash for her church.

Ethel Orde, 99, from Warkworth, bought Teddy, a Merrythought bear, at a jumble sale for 10 old pennies back in the 1930s.

Ethel Orde and her beloved 'Teddy'.'Picture Jane Coltman

Ethel Orde and her beloved 'Teddy'.'Picture Jane Coltman

Now she wants to sell him to help the village’s United Reformed Church, of which she has been a member for decades.

“I watch the Antiques Roadshow and I saw someone take their bear on,” she said.

“It was a German one with clips in its ears. I couldn’t believe the state of it and it was worth nearly £1,000.

“So when my grandaughter was here I asked her to fetch Teddy down and she went on the internet and found that he was worth around £200.

“So I decided I would sell him, but I won’t let him go for less than £200.”

Teddy has been a big part of Ethel and her family’s lives.

She has two children, four grandchildren, eight great granchildren and one great-great grandchild.

“When the children came to stay he would be on their bed, and when they left they always wanted to take him, but I said he would be waiting here for them,” she said.

Teddy has bells in his ears and a big smile.

“I hope he makes someone else as happy as he has made me and my family.”

“I even took him to church and told the minister all about him and told the congregation about him as well and they just said ‘Ethel you are wonderful’.”

The money raised will be used to help with the upkeep of the church.