A FAMILY of polar bears will be lighting up Stratford town centre this Christmas – and the town’s children are being asked to name them.
Stratford Town Council has purchased three animatronic polar bears to create a fun display to be unveiled on the first day of the town’s Victorian Christmas Market on Thursday December 9.
The bears – a baby bear, granny bear and grandpa bear – are all in need of names, so the town council has invited Stratford’s schoolchildren to name them via their schools.
Children aged four and five can name the baby bear, ages six to seven can name the granny bear, and children aged eight to 11 will name the grandpa bear.
The children who pick the most interesting and fun names will win a cuddly polar bear toy of their own, provided by LSD Promotions.
The funding to purchase the three bears was provided through the Welcome Back Fund,
Grants are given to projects that help to attract local residents and visitors alike into high streets or town centres post-Covid.
The animatronic bears will not be unveiled until the Victorian Christmas Market.
Name that bear – Stratford Mayor Kevin Taylor (left) and Glyn Slade, Welcome Back event manager from Shakespeare’s England, and the toy polar bears available as prizes for winners of the competition.