Picnic time enjoyed by all

VIDEO REPORT: it wasn’t just teddy bears having a treat when The Big Sleuth kicked off in Sandwell.

Schoolchildren in West Bromwich got in the mood for summer by attending a special teddy bear’s picnic to mark the arrival of The Big Sleuth in Sandwell.

Year Three pupils from Lodge Primary School on Oak Lane descended on the Picnic Time for Teddy Bear’s sculpture, one of six individually designed bears in the borough and 100 across Birmingham and the West Midlands.

The West Brom organised the event and is also sponsoring Picnic Time bear in support of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

Also attending was local fundraiser ‘Blind Dave’ Heeley, who led a group of runners from Sandwell Council and Big Sleuth sponsors on a 10k run around the Sandwell trail. The team started at Warley Woods, home of Bentley the Bearwood Bear, and finished outside Central Sixth and Picnic Time bear in West Bromwich town centre.

Donations can be made online at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sandwellbigsleuth

The Big Sleuth is a major public art event coordinated by Birmingham Children’s Hospital and creative experts Wild in Art. ‘Sleuth’ is the collective noun for a group of bears, and these paw-some creations will be on display in a variety of locations until 17 September.

When the trail finishes, all bears will auctioned off and the proceeds donated to the hospital.

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