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Gyles Brandreth's 1,000 teddies move to Newby Hall

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Media captionGyles Brandreth's collection of 1,000 teddy bears is moved to a permanent home at Newby Hall in North Yorkshire.

A collection of 1,000 teddy bears, including Sooty and the original Paddington Bear, has moved to a permanent home at Newby Hall in North Yorkshire.

They are the lifetime collection of broadcaster Gyles Brandreth and his wife, Michele Brown.

The Brandreth Bear collection could "keep on growing" at Newby Hall, Mr Brandreth said.

It was previously held at the former Teddy Bear Museum in Stratford-on-Avon.

Image caption Gyles Brandreth said the collection will keep growing
Image caption A teddy bear's picnic is one of the scenes at Newby Hall

The bears will be on permanent display in a new purpose-built Bear House at Newby Hall.

The collection includes Fozzie from The Muppet Show, Children in Need's Pudsey Bear, Superted and Winnie the Pooh.

Mr Brandreth said there were plans to put on plays.

The collection also features teddy companions of the rich and famous.

Newby Hall near Ripon was built by Sir Christopher Wren in the 1690s and is thought to be one of Britain's finest examples of Adam-style architecture.

Last May, a permanent collection of 65 dolls houses was installed in Newby Hall's potting sheds.

Image caption The original Paddington Bear will be kept in a glass case
Image caption Fozzie the Bear from The Muppet Show features in the collection...
Image caption ....as do SuperTed and Mr Bean's teddy
Image caption The teddies will be displayed in a series of scenes including a picnic, a library scene and a church wedding
Image caption Teddies competing in the Olympics are also on show
Image caption Some bears in the collection belonged to the rich and famous
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Image caption The Georgian Best House - part of a permanent collection of 65 dolls houses installed in Newby Hall's potting sheds last May
Image copyright Andrew Whale
Image caption Newby Hall was built by Sir Christopher Wren in the 1690s and is thought to be one of Britain's finest examples of Adam-style architecture

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