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Do you still sleep with a Teddy Bear?

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Ringo Starr (drummer with The Beatles) has a very large Panda which was given to him in 1976 by Keith Moon (the famous drummer with The Who).  It was obviously love at first sight, as the two became almost inseparable.  Ringo called his Panda 'Chairman of the Board', as he now resides over all of Ringo's business meetings.  The Chairman of the Board was given a pair of white gloves which once belonged to Marc Bolan (of T-Rex fame).

The late and great poet, Sir John Betjeman (1906 - 1984) had a beloved teddy bear who was made by the famous German firm Steiff (circa 1910).  Sir John derived great comfort from his teddy bear who he called 'Archibald'. Sir John even wrote Archibald into his poetry (Summoned By Bells).  When he died, Archibald was in his arms.

Teddy Bears have also been quite active in Parliament.  Edwina Currie's bear called 'Omar' would often sit on her desk at the House of Commons, as her lucky mascot.  Sometimes, Edwina would practice her speeches on him and not once did he moan or answer back.

The late Dr. Marjorie (Mo) Mowlan had a big and, as she called him, 'rather ugly' teddy bear which her Father bought for her when she was a small child, he bought him from the local tobacconist, she called him 'Growler'.

Ex Prime Minster, Margaret Thatcher, had a large teddy bear who she called 'Humphrey' who was made of sheepskin with brown leather paws, he was born around 1930.  During the 1980's he lived with the Prime Minister at No.10 Downing Street, London, of course, that was when he was not away from office doing important charity work.  Humphrey was a large bear too at 22 inches tall.  Sadly, poor old Humphrey went to teddy bear heaven in 1988 after he was put in the washing machine.

The late Earl Mountbatten of Burman (1900 - 1979), grew up to become first sea lord.  He owned a beautiful and much loved Steiff Bear (circa 1904).  Presumably, his teddy bear was given to him by one of his German relatives.

BBC's famous gardener, Alan Titchmarsh has a bear who he calls 'Teddy', who sits on a chair outside his bedroom door.  Unfortunately, the bear has lost most of his stuffing from his hands.  Although his head is still quite firmly attached, it does seem to 'lean' a bit to one side.  Poor old Teddy smiles a friendly biro smile which Alan put on him to replace his black stitched one.

The Late Dusty Springfield owned a beautiful Merrythought 'Cheeky' Teddy Bear who she called Mr Einstein.

Prince Charles is also very well known for his love of teddy bears and was photographed taking his teddy bear to school with him.  The Late Queen Mother too, loved teddy bears and has been photographed on many occasions holding teddy bears and, when Sarah Ferguson married Prince Andrew, Prince Edward gave them both a big Merrythought Teddy Bear.

Elvis Presley had many teddy bears, although he did have a special teddy bear who he called Mabel.  Mabel went to teddy heaven when, after visiting England, she had a confrontation with a dog.  Elvis had a hit with his song Teddy Bear and was later bombarded with teddy bears on stage by his fans every time he sang the song.

Shirley Temple sang the beautiful song Me And My Teddy Bear and later the song was covered by many artists including Peter Gabriel, Sharron Corr and Rosemary Clooney.

There really are so many Pop Stars, Film Stars and Show biz people who have owned teddy bears, far too many to mention in this article and lots of other famous poeple too, such as Donald Campbell (the land speed and water record breaker).  Amy Johnson (who flew solo from England to Australia), Willie Carson (the jokey), Jimmy Hill (the sports commentator) and so on and so on.....
 

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