Gosport teddy bear goes viral as he celebrates Easter and St George's Day and thanks NHS staff from his owners' front garden

A GIANT teddy bear who has dressed up as St George and an NHS worker has taken the internet by storm.

Friday, 24th April 2020, 12:44 pm
Updated Sunday, 26th April 2020, 4:34 pm

Photos posted on Facebook show a bear from Gosport getting up to all kinds of mischief – from eating too much chocolate on Easter Sunday to attempting to do the ironing.

The bear, affectionately known as Big Ted or Mr Ted, has since gone viral, with the pictures being shared right across the world.

Read More

Read More
Coronavirus: Southampton children's nurse dies after testing positive for Covid-...

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

The bear celebrating St George's Day. Picture: Nicki Smith

A little more than two weeks ago, he was put outside in Western Way, Alverstoke, by owners Nicki and Colin Smith.

Nicki said: ‘About four years ago we won the bear in a raffle, and he was a present for the grandchildren.

‘Somebody said to me that we should put him in our window for people to see while they were on their walks – but our window is quite far away from the pavement, so we put him out on the grass instead.

‘He’s been out there every day and people are absolutely loving it, which is just wonderful to see.’

The bear had a little bit too much to eat and drink over Easter. Picture: Nicki Smith

Having collectively spent 21 years in the Royal Navy, Nicki and Colin are no stranger to serving their community.

Along their walks, countless people have stopped to take pictures with the bear, which are being shared across social media and with their families.

Big Ted has been making himself useful too, having come out to chop some wood and do some sewing.

‘People who I’ve never even met before have been stopping to chat about the bear,’ Nicki said.

The bear got changed into borrowed scrubs to show his support for the NHS. Picture: Nicki Smith

‘They all live nearby and it’s so nice getting to know them. It's just my husband and I living here and we wanted to do something to put a smile on people’s faces.

‘It was just for the children to start with but everyone has enjoyed seeing what he gets up to each day.’

Nicki and Colin say they’re enjoying making people smile, adding that the beloved bear will remain outside, with more mischief soon to follow.

A message from the Editor

Big Ted has been making himself useful around the house. Picture: Nicki Smith

Thank you for reading this story on portsmouth.co.uk. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our advertisers - and consequently the revenue we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you taking out a digital subscription.

Subscribe to portsmouth.co.uk and enjoy unlimited access to local news and information online and on our app. With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Visit our Subscription page now to sign up.

Our journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them. By supporting us, we are able to support you in providing trusted, fact-checked content for this website.