Those Magnificent Bears In Their Flying Machines. They Go Up, Pidley, Up, Up. They Go Down, Pidley, Down, Down.

THEY came, they fell, they floated, and they got picked up.

The Pidley International Teddy Bear Freefall competition was under way.

Urgent medical care was needed for just one of the participants but for the rest it was a smooth and safe landing.

A volunteer medic with the Air Training Corps and members of the 2nd Somersham Brownies sprang into action when the parachute failed to open for one skydiving teddy at Saturday’s fundraising event.

Fortunately, the casualty was guaranteed a soft landing – being only a cuddly toy.


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Hundreds turned at Rookery Farm Fisheries in Pidley to watch 10 daredevil teddies being flung 1,500 feet from an aircraft.

The objective: to land as close as possible to a pot of honey below in a field.

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It was the final jumper who secured a meal at The Barn restaurant in Pidley for his sponsors, the Powell family, after landing just 106 feet away from the mark.

Around �2,500 was raised at the event for organisers the Pidley Mountain Rescue Team.

The team provides specialised equipment for disabled children and adults.

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