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Beloved 100-year-old RAF teddy bear restored

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A 100-year-old teddy bear that helped a World War Two airman convalesce has undergone a delicate restoration.

Bobby Bear was the childhood toy of RAF wireless operator Joe Mack, who flew with the elite Cambridgeshire-based Pathfinder crew.

The "treasured keepsake" was faithfully mended by a team of specialists for the BBC Repair Shop series.

Mr Mack's daughter, Kris Johnston, said the family wanted Bobby "conserved rather than changed".

The "fragile" bear was loaned to the Pathfinder collection at RAF Wyton in Cambridgeshire and formed the centrepiece for its 75th anniversary in 2018.

Senior curator John Clifford said he hoped the cuddly mascot would one day return to the base.


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