Bear is named Brownie

Winner, Esme Griffiths (6) collects her prize bear, Brownie, at Mold Town Hall from Mayor of Mold, Cllr Karen Hodgkinson

It’s official – the large brown bear that has been living in the Council Chamber at Mold Town Hall has been named ‘Brownie’ and has now moved to live with Esme Griffiths aged six.

The bear was generously donated to Mold Town Council by staff at Iceland store in Mold to help raise funds for the former Mayor’s Bailey Hill scheme. The bear, which has been photographed by many visitors, has been waiting in the Council Chamber for the annual Bailey Hill Festival last week. At the Festival it was the prize in a popular ‘Name the Bear Competition’ and Esme’s was the winning prize draw.

Esme had no idea that she’d won Brownie and came to Mold Town Hall after school with her aunt, who had kept it a secret. There she met the Mayor, Cllr Karen Hodgkinson, and was presented with Brownie, greeting the bear with a huge hug. Brownie was wheeled to his new home perched on a pushchair and a delighted Esme said the bear could be friends with her other toys.

All the funds raised from entries to the competition are being used to help match-fund the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) application for Bailey Hill improvements.  A decision will be made by HLF, whether to financially support the Mold scheme, at their board meeting in London at the end of June. The process is competitive and Bailey Hill will be up against applications from Scotland and Northern Ireland. HLF distribute the heritage share of National Lottery funding, supporting a wide variety of projects across the UK.

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