Meet Benji he's in his early 50's and I think still looking pretty great.
Benji was my daddy's teddy bear and was passed down to Wilf on his first birthday. Wilf's first birthday was an emotional day for so many reasons, seeing so many people who loved him sharing a year of his life, Tom and I celebrating a year of parenthood and this little bear.
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I remember playing with Benji as a child myself. My mum also had a childhood bear called Pumkin which she still has and I remember playing with them both together. I used to make clothes for the pair (out of paper) Benji used to rock some lovely skirts. I don't remember having a teddy bear I loved but I did have a couple of dollies, one of whom I drew chicken pox all over when I had it (and she never got better from). I don't have a picture of her but I do have my lovely sock doll...
Every Thursday for the next four weeks John Lewis will feature a 'retro toy' on their microsite along with the toy's history. First up is the classic teddybear!
I thought it would be fun to share the rest of Wilf's favourite bears too (as a few of them are pretty retro!). He has lately become very into the Care Bears films on Netflix and I'm not too proud to say we let him watch one in the morning if he wakes early and we don't to get up at 5.30am.
I found these guys in our local charity shop, what a find ey? What's your toy's story?