The Great British Teddy Bear Co. Mark the RAF Centenary with New Teddy Bear

Share Article

The Great British Teddy Bear Co. has announced the launch of new commemorative teddy bear to celebrate the centenary of the British Royal Air Force, on the 1st April 2018.

Great British Teddy Bear Co.

''Hugh'' The Official RAF Teddy Bear

We are honoured to have designed an artefact that will remain at the RAF Air Force Museum in Hendon.

Paul Jessup, from The Great British Teddy Bear Co. has announced the launch of new commemorative teddy bear to celebrate the centenary of the British Royal Air Force, on the 1st April 2018. To mark this important event, the RAF has partnered with The Great British Teddy Bear Co. who have created "Hugh" the official RAF 100 Mascot. The collectible is part of a range of themed teddy bears released by the company that includes police bears, army bears and others with British themes.

The British Royal Air Force was formed on the 1st of April 1918 before the end of World War I, as the world's oldest independent Air Force. The bear has been named after Air Chief Marshal Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding. ‘‘Hugh’’ the bear travels with his own Kitbag which is decorated with a commemorative patch from each place he visits.

Since April 2017 '‘Hugh'’ has travelled through the USA with the RAF, flying on as many service aircraft as can be arranged to celebrate the USAF 70th Anniversary and the RAF Centenary. With an official Aircrew Flying Log Book to record his exploits, Hugh will eventually become a historical artefact and will be donated to the RAF Museum in the UK, after visits to children's hospitals to bring a smile to the faces of those who need our care.

Since the Great British teddy Bear Co. record breaking launch at the world famous Hamley’s toy store in London our Great British Teddy Bears are now being purchased in the toy boutiques around the world. The family owned company was founded in 2005 by Paul Jessup, who built it into a successful business manufacturing 17,000 Teddy Bear every week.

Founder, Paul Jessup, commented:

‘‘When Squadron Leader Phillips contact me last year I was delighted to offer our continued support to our British Armed Forces. In 2012 I designed Roger the Official Bomber Command memorial Teddy Bear so I was ready to meet the challenge to create Hugh, a Teddy Bear that will Commemorate, Celebrate, Inspire.’’

The centenary itself will be marked by special events, activities and other initiatives at local, regional and national levels running from April to the end of November 2018. The centrepiece of RAF100 will take place on 10 July, with a centenary service in Westminster Abbey, followed by a parade in The Mall and spectacular flypast over Buckingham Palace.

Key events include a Gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall and the Centenary Baton Relay which will see a specially designed baton visit 100 sites associated with the RAF in 100 days. The relay will begin its journey at the Royal Courts of Justice on 1 April 2018 and will end 100 days later on 10 July on Horseguards Parade. Official Bomber Command RAF memorial bears are available from The Great British Teddy Bear Co at Britishteddies.com.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Micheal Hill
Visit website