The ‘Ballymena Bear’ which has become an internet sensation as the star of a Ballymena Christmas advert could be yours to own in the New Year.
The little linen teddy bear, which falls from a parcel during delivery in the advertisement, was hand stitched by Michelle Lowry, owner of the Penny & Rose gift shop, and made from locally produced Baird McNutt linen.
And on the Penny & Rose facebook page, it has been revealed that more Ballymena Bears will be made in January “as a collectors item/keepsake” with orders now being taken.
The “Ballymena Bear’s” four-minute quest to be reunited with the child for whom he was made has become a social media sensation.
Fans include Northern Irish television presenter Eamonn Holmes who said on Twitter: “I now draw your attention to #ballymenabear ..so cute. #NorthernIreland.”
The advert was commissioned by the Ballymena Business Improvement District (BID), a body set up by local retailers to help them cope with the impact of the recession.