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Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival

Very early on the morning of the 16th, the museum director made his way across London to meet with Henry Bourne and his assistant Dimitri Ramazankhani. They were off to visit Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival.

Simon had met Brian Kell while on tour last year and spoken about the possibility of attending the festival. Emails were exchanged and it was agreed that Henry would be able to come along too, to document the Bear and the various groups and characters involved. It was a somewhat grey and wet morning when they all arrived at the Sports Hall to set up the lighting and camera equipment.


Within a very short time the hall was packed and Henry managed to capture some great portraits including both the big and little bear. The museum's thanks go out to all the people who leant their support and particular thanks to Brian and Pete.