Teddy bear skydive - a new world record?

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Teddy bears of all shapes and sizes will skydive from the top of Harrogate Fire Brigade’s hydraulic turntable ladder in a record attempt that will raise money for charity.

The inaugural annual Teddy Bears Picnic and Skydive at Oatlands Stray on Saturday, July 16 will raise money for local Rotary charities and the Fire Fighters Charity and could establish a new entry in the Guinness Book of Records.

The event, being organised by the Rotary Club of Harrogate Brigantes and the Fire Fighters Charity, is open to any teddy bear and their owner.

Harrogate Brigantes Rotarian Richard Bosworth, said: “This is the first year we’ve done this and we are looking to establish a record for the most skydiving teddy bears from a fire brigade hydraulic platform.”

“It’s a fun event where the whole family can come out and it’s not going to cost the earth.”

Bears, their owners and their families should arrive with their picnics at Oatlands Stray, opposite the Cedar Court Hotel, on Saturday, July 16 at any time from 11.30am-2pm.

Blaze Bear, mascot of the Fire Fighters Charity, will be on hand to welcome each teddy, supervise the ‘weigh in’ and carry out a safety check on all parachutes.

There will be a competition for the best-dressed bears and most colourful parachutes, while each skydiving teddy will receive a commemorative certificate from Blaze Bear.

Families will be able to enjoy their picnics - and some side attractions - while they wait for their teddy’s skydive slot.

To pre-register and find out how to make a good parachute, go to www.harrogatebrigantes.rotary1040.org