Teddy bears have their day

by Mike Isle

Selwyn’s cutest teddy bears with their equally cute owners had their day in the sun last week with the running of Summer in Selwyn’s annual teddy bears’ picnic in the Rolleston Reserve.

The Selwyn District Council-organised event attracted around 1,000 bears and their owners for what four-year-old Ella Higgins described as the best day of her life. Charlotte Gaunson, speaking for the council, said a sunny day provided the opportunity for an outdoor picnic under perfect conditions. She said many children had their first pony ride, a ride on the crazy Pedalmania bikes, face painting, clown police entertainment, a real police car, House of Bricks and more.

“Two exceptional performances by Zirka Circus provided everyone with entertainment. Everything was all wrapped up with the annual teddy parade led by Snowdrop and secured by Lieutenant Lou.

Fun for all ages. From left: Emma Sapwell and Harry (10 months), Philippa
Ross and Madeline (10 months), Amanda Northcott and Morgan (10 months)
— all from Rolleston

Thanks also to New World Rolleston for their support,“ Charlotte Gaunson said. The Teddy Bears’ Picnic is just one of more than 60 Selwyn District Council and community events to be held as part of the Summer in Selwyn programme until the end of March.

Residents can look forward to many more council and community events during the summer, providing an opportunity for families to enjoy their local parks, pools, facilities and libraries.

The full Summer in Selwyn programme is available at selwyn.govt.nz/events.

A sunny day and multiple attractions drew a crowd of more than 1,000
teddy bears and their owners to Rolleston Reserve