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Birmingham's Big Sleuth bears find new home at tip

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Giant ceramic bear statues vandalised during a summer art exhibition have been given a new home – at a tip.The damaged Big Sleuth bears – Snowy and Build A Bear – were among over 100 on display across Birmingham.Replicas of the two were made and auctioned off in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.The originals have now been “gifted” to Lifford Lane recycling centre, which is known for its creative displays of unwanted goods.Midlands Live: Cyclist dies in hit-and-run as road closed; Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Birmingham

The entrance to the recycling centre features items such as gnomes, old toys and robots.Elinor Eustace, deputy director of fundraising at the charity, said: “We’re thrilled that all of our bears have now found their forever homes – even the bears that were sadly damaged on the trail and unable to be sold at auction. “Instead of these bears going to waste, Build a Bear and Snowy have now been gifted to the recycling centre – not only is this more environmentally friendly but members of the public can still enjoy them regardless of their damage.” During the summer the bears were displayed across Birmingham, Solihull, Sandwell and Dudley, with 91 auctioned raising £257,300.The replacement silver Snowy bear, which was located in Cathedral Square, Birmingham city centre, fetched £2,900.The second Build A Bear, which was located on Solihull High Street, made £1,500.
Source: BBC Black Country