An antique teddy bear has finally been reunited with its owner after being stranded at Bristol Airport for more than a year. The bear was discovered in a bag along with a photo showing two children and a message dated March 1918 on the back.
The century-old bear was found in the departure lounge of Bristol Airport, leading to 14 months of staff trying to trace the owner. The photo had a message on the reserve side reading:
“With dearest love and kisses to our darling Daddie from your loving little daughters Dora and Glyn.”
When a story about the bear was published in The Mature Times, Robert Glyn Baker was sent a cutting with the tale of the lost bear by his ex-wife. He had lost the bear while travelling to Cyprus and feared he wouldn’t get it back. Airport staff found the bear in 2012 and asked for assistance from members of the public to trace the owner. Experts volunteered to do their part in the search and found a second message on the photo, showing the date as 1918. The bear was left to him by his Aunt Dora and, after much rough and tumble, had been repaired by his mother.
Perhaps when he is reunited with the bear, Baker will want to keep it safely stored away in an antique chest. Blackburn has a number of antiques dealers with a selection of pieces that would be suitable for storing the bear safely.
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