By Miki de Goodaboom (Text and Illustration)
Before my Truffle McFurry entered my life some years ago, I had no idea about the world of teddy bears. I had never had one before. I did not know how beloved they are around the world, among children and adults as well.
I went from one surprise to the next when I read Michele Brown ‘s (Gyes Brandreth’s wife) book “The Teddy Bear Hall Of Fame ” and discovered their story. I found out that even some very important people in history have had and loved a Teddy bear, and not only as they were children. And I thought:
“As long as this is the case, the world cannot be that bad!”
One of these men is Tony Blair. There he was, his Teddy Bear “Lynton”, posing in front of following letter written y Tony Blair:
“Here is Lynton, my family Bear. he was sent to me just after the 1997 General Election and holds a special place in our hearts. He normally leaves at Chequers but has come for a holiday at The Teddy bear Museum. I hope you enjoy meeting him as much as he will enjoy meeting you!
4 July 1998 – Tony Blair”
We certainly were over the moon to meet Lynton. I could, of course, not resist painting him in front of Downing Street 10…