Teddies bearing down on villagers

St John the Baptist Church,Misson Fathers Day Eveent with Children having their teddy bears thrown from the Church bell tower...Pictured is bell ringer Eric Wood throwing off the Bears
St John the Baptist Church,Misson Fathers Day Eveent with Children having their teddy bears thrown from the Church bell tower...Pictured is bell ringer Eric Wood throwing off the Bears
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IT’S raining teddies!

The skies of a Doncaster village turned furry as residents’ bears donned tiny parachutes to plunge from a church bell tower.

And it was a risky business for some of the toys, as some were caught in the wind and snagged on part of the roof at Misson Parish Church - with one even having to be freed from a tree.

But all the bears finished safe and sound after their daring freefall missions, as volunteers manned ladders to rescue those caught.

It was only the second time the bear parachuting had been organised by the Rev Jonathan Strickland, Vicar of Bawtry with Austerfield and Misson, following on from a similar event two years ago.

This year, the event was held after a service, and marked the end of a week-long flower festival to mark the festival of the church’s Patron, John the Baptist.

It also coincided with a heritage inspired open weekend at the church.

Around 20 children brought forward bears to take part in the leap.

Mr Strickland said: “It is a fun thing to do with the children and there were a lot of smiles around. We try to engage with all ages to show that churches can be fun.

“My role was putting the bears in a basket to be pulled up the top of the tower - I’m scared of heights so our bell ringer, Eric Wood, went up the tower to throw them off.

“He is used to going up the tower to look at the bells.

“It turns out I wasn’t the only one who was scared of heights though. One of the bears have been given a blindfold so he wouldn’t be worried!”

Mr Strickland predicted there would be more chances for bears to take the plunge from the tower in the future but has no plans to make it an annual event at the church.