Teddy bears were the theme of the day at the Friends of Tring Church Heritage’s family fun event, with its annual Teddies’ Tower of Terror tandem leap taken on by the beloved bears of children from the town.
The day was, according to the Friends’president Grahame Senior, enjoyed by a jolly throng despite the stormy weather and occasional torrential rain. He said: “The tower terror ‘deathly drop’ was braved by almost 200 teddies without a single fatality and a record number of visitors climbed the church tower to the bell chamber.”
Grahame also presented the annual Heritage Awards to Hannah Dunford and Shad’dai Spriggs of Tring School for their enterprise and initiative in promoting heritage events. The pair also ran a heritage treasure hunt on the day.
A total of £3,650 was raised for the Friends’ capital fund, which has already donated £25,000 to the Wall Works Challenge to maintain the church’s crumbling facade.
The end is almost in sight for the long-term project, which is expected to be finish by July 19, when the Friends’ Jazz at Tring Park School event takes place. Tickets for the event cost £15 including a glass of wine, and can be bought by calling Grahame on 01442 822770.