An antique teddy bear left behind in the departure lounge at Bristol Airport will soon be reunited with its owner after a public appeal by the airport.
Bristol Airport staff found the one eyed bear in a carrier bag with a post card of him being cuddled by two children dated March 1918.
On the reverse of the post card was a message that read ‘With dearest love and kisses to our darling Daddie from your loving little daughters Dora and Glyn’
Bristol Airport made the public appeal after spending 14 months looking through flight records trying to find any two passengers with the same names as those mentioned on the back of the picture post card.
The appeal received a lot of interest from around the world and following a campaign by The Mature Times – a newspaper for the over 50s – the owner was finally found.
Robert Glyn Baker saw the story and recognised the 100 year-old teddy bear as the family heirloom he lost while travelling through Bristol Airport on his way to Cyprus.
Mr Baker said: “I was stunned when I got a cutting of the Mature Times in the post and saw my bear on the front page. I thought it was lost forever, I was convinced it had been destroyed.”
Robert, who lives in Cyprus, was so shocked when he realised his bear was the subject of a public appeal he immediately rang the paper to try and get him back.
“I’m an only child and my auntie Dora didn’t have any children either so I am the only person that could have got the bear,” Robert said.
“My mum gave him a different nose, he has pads on his arms too. I think I gave him a rough time when I was a kid!
“It’s the sentimental value really, my hands were so full with what I was carrying I thought I had left it in the toilet. I had so much with me, but like a fool I left it in the airport.
“I would love to have it back.”