It is hard to bear for some but the big teddy was only in Ballymena for one night

The big bear pictured at Broadway in Ballymena on Thursday night but it was here for one night only.

SOME people who heard about a giant glittering teddy bear which had been a much-talked about centrepiece of the Christmas lights switch-on in Ballymena on Thursday night travelled specially to the town in subsequent days to see it …but were disappointed.

Individuals are understood to have travelled from County Down after seeing pictures of the Broadway bear on social media.

However, to the disappointment of many, it emerged the teddy bear had only been brought in for the switch-on ceremony and was never meant to be a permanent feature up to Christmas.

A Mid & East Antrim Borough Council spokesperson told ‘Ballymena Daily’: “Whilst we would have loved to keep the bear in Ballymena for longer, he’s very busy this Christmas across Northern Ireland with lots of other bookings before he goes back into hibernation for the winter.”

THAT’S A WRAP…The Braid/Town Hall has got itself all wrapped up in the Christmas season.

Meanwhile, the Council said the lights switch-on was a big success.

Added the spokeswoman: “This year’s switch on event in Ballymena town centre was a fabulously festive success.

“The new Harmony Hub allowed for an amazing choir of 45 local children to entertain crowds; the new street lighting across the town centre, including the stunning display at The Braid, helped with footfall to all the local businesses and of course the bear offered the perfect opportunity for selfies, alongside Santa and his reindeer.”

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