Fun day at record attempts

Teddy train record bid''Picture by Neil Silk 121394a
Teddy train record bid''Picture by Neil Silk 121394a

THEY’RE right on track to be record breakers.

Organisers behind festivities at North Bay Railway hit new heights after a teddy bear bid proved successful.

Teddy train record bid''Picture by Neil Silk 121394a'31/03/12

Teddy train record bid''Picture by Neil Silk 121394a'31/03/12

The challenge to get as many teddies on board the carriages saw 280 cuddly creatures make the voyage from Peasholm Park to Scalby Mills.

There was a visit from an American bear and Paddington toy, who previously literally made the journey to Peru and back before arriving in Scarborough.

Graeme Harper, the Dr Who director, drove the train along its three-quarter-of-a-mile track with the teddies in tow.

And although the effort has yet to be officially sanctioned, it is believed to be a new world record.

Teddy train record bid''Picture by Neil Silk 121394a'31/03/12

Teddy train record bid''Picture by Neil Silk 121394a'31/03/12

The attempt was the brainchild of Minty Steade, who said she wanted to help three charities.

She said: “You have to think of something different and something that will make people happy.

“It is just pure harmless fun, people can have a laugh and help set a record.

“The children also received a certificate to say their bear has been on a train driver by Graeme Harper of Dr Who fame.

“You cannot get any better than that can you?

“We had people carrying teddies to the train, there were bags and bags of teddies everywhere.”

The day also saw another record attempt as a relay team tried to claim the title for the longest distance covered in a water walking ball across the lake in Northstead Manor Gardens.

Despite adverse weather conditions and a strong breeze, the team tried manfully to claim the prize.

Ms Steade they did not yet have full confirmation of the distance travelled but was confident of success. She said £96.48 had been raised on the day for Raw Animal Rescue, Hope Animal Rescue and Veteran Horse.

A bear sale would be held at the end of the month to raise more funds.