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Cherished toys of childhood go on display in Thirsk

[Monday 20 March 2006]

Cherished memories of childhood will be captured in a new exhibition being planned for Thirsk.

Toys of all descriptions - teddies, dolls, tin soldiers, cars and puzzles - are being collected at The World of James Herriot.

The Wight 'children' with some of the toys gathered for the Herriot centre exhibition
The Wight 'children' with some of the toys gathered
for the Herriot centre exhibition

They are set to feature in a new display being created at the popular visitor centre. 'Toys Now and Then' will see exhibits from the Ilkley Toy Museum sitting alongside those owned by centre staff - and local people are being asked to add their own cherished toys to the exhibition too.

Audience Development Officer and co-coordinator of the exhibition, Irene Rodgers, especially wants home and hand made toys from the war years, Meccano and anything that holds a special memory.

"Any toys are welcome but we would especially like any home made toys from the 40s, classics like Meccano or a favourite teddy or doll that has been a constant companion into adulthood," she said.

"I am especially interested in toys that were given as presents and toys that have been played with by generations of the same family".

Toys are also being loaned to the exhibition by the Ilkley Toy Museum - one of the largest private collections of toys in the North of England.

Tin toys, Steiff bears, Barbie, dolls houses, puzzles and dolls dating from the 16 and 1700's will be just some of the museums offerings.

Herriot Centre staff and volunteers have already come up with puzzles, shopping baskets, cars and tea sets and the Herriot children - Jim Wight and Rosie Page - have been digging through their attics for some original 'Herriot' toys! Jim will be displaying his one eyed teddy bear and Rosie her doll, Rosemary.

"This exhibition is for the young and the young at heart," added Irene.

"It is fascinating find out about toys. The pogo stick was the must have toy of the 20s and snakes and ladders began in India as a game of morals."

The exhibition opens on April 29th and will run until October.

To offer your toy to the exhibition call Irene Rodgers on 01845 524234.

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