PICTURES: Teddy bears caught floating through the air at latest Billingford Mill Open Day

MDEP-20-08-2016-006 Billingford Mill Teddy Parachuting Diss Express ANL-160820-205214005
MDEP-20-08-2016-006 Billingford Mill Teddy Parachuting Diss Express ANL-160820-205214005

Teddy bears could be seen floating through the air in Billingford on Saturday at the latest event to be held at the historic Norfolk mill.

Billingford Mill custodian Herbert Websdell said there was a “steady stream of visitors” from “far and wide” at the Open Day, with some travelling from as far as Oxfordshire and California.

MDEP-20-08-2016-013 Billingford Mill Teddy Parachuting Mill Custodian Herbert Websdell guides visitors in Windmill Diss Express ANL-160820-204821005

MDEP-20-08-2016-013 Billingford Mill Teddy Parachuting Mill Custodian Herbert Websdell guides visitors in Windmill Diss Express ANL-160820-204821005

There was teddy bear parachuting from the top of the mill, with a number of prizes being handed out which had been donated by the public and The Original Factory Shop (TOFS) in Harleston, as well as tours of the mill throughout the day.

Mr Websdell told the Diss Express: “It was a great day, enjoyed by a lot of people.

“There were a lot of people who visited the mill, but a lot more who came were on The Common to watch the parachuting.”

More than £80 was also raised on the day, through the tours, which will go towards the mill’s restoration fund. Money was also raised through the sale and hire of teddy bears, which will be donated to Oxfam.

It was a great day, enjoyed by a lot of people

Billingford Mill custodian Herbert Websdell

The next event set to take place at the mill is a Celebration of Harvest, due to take place on Sunday, September 18.

The Diss Salvation Army Band will be there, as well as the Reverend Nigel Tuffnell. The mill will be open that day from noon-4pm.

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MDEP-20-08-2016-011 Billingford Mill Teddy Parachuting Mill Custodians Julie & Herbert Websdell present Lizzie Thompson with her gift token Diss Express ANL-160820-204730005

MDEP-20-08-2016-011 Billingford Mill Teddy Parachuting Mill Custodians Julie & Herbert Websdell present Lizzie Thompson with her gift token Diss Express ANL-160820-204730005

MDEP-20-08-2016-009 Billingford Mill Teddy Parachuting The Forster Family  Diss Express ANL-160820-204621005

MDEP-20-08-2016-009 Billingford Mill Teddy Parachuting The Forster Family Diss Express ANL-160820-204621005

MDEP-20-08-2016-015 Billingford Mill Teddy Parachuting. Visitors tour the Windmill Diss Express ANL-160820-204923005

MDEP-20-08-2016-015 Billingford Mill Teddy Parachuting. Visitors tour the Windmill Diss Express ANL-160820-204923005

MDEP-20-08-2016-014 Billingford Mill Teddy Parachuting Mill Custodian Herbert Websdell launches one of the Teddy's  Diss Express ANL-160820-204853005

MDEP-20-08-2016-014 Billingford Mill Teddy Parachuting Mill Custodian Herbert Websdell launches one of the Teddy's Diss Express ANL-160820-204853005

MDEP-20-08-2016-007 Billingford Mill Teddy Parachuting Andrew, Lizzie (Girl) and Natallia Thompson Diss Express ANL-160820-205241005

MDEP-20-08-2016-007 Billingford Mill Teddy Parachuting Andrew, Lizzie (Girl) and Natallia Thompson Diss Express ANL-160820-205241005

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MDEP-20-08-2016-005 Billingford Mill Teddy Parachuting Diss Express ANL-160820-205151005

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MDEP-20-08-2016-004 Billingford Mill Teddy Parachuting Diss Express ANL-160820-205121005

MDEP-20-08-2016-002 Billingford Mill Teddy Parachuting Diss Express ANL-160820-205024005

MDEP-20-08-2016-002 Billingford Mill Teddy Parachuting Diss Express ANL-160820-205024005