Greg’s Bear (age unknown) Height 4”
Belongs to: Bono & Ali Hewson
This little bear is a memory of one of the most incredible men in my life. Greg Carroll became a great friend of myself and Bono in the early 80s. He died at the age of 26 in a motor accident in Dublin in 1986, and he left a giant hole in our lives. Greg was a Maori, and at his tangi a mate of his handed us this one eared teddy bear. It was Greg’s, and it has been with us ever since… a fragment of Greg’s reality gone but never forgotten.
U2′s “One Tree Hill” was written for Greg and all the great men and women whose river reaches the sea too quickly. Greg’s teddy smiles when his good ear hears it played.
Caption/Description: Teddy Tingley (45) Height 5.5”
Belongs to: Nicky Griffin
Teddy Tingley belonged to my oldest brother who gave him to me the day I was born.
I remember when I was 3 years old, we were heading off on holiday by train. I had just settled down in the carriage with my brothers for the journey and as the train started moving I glanced out of the window to see to my horror, teddy sitting on my bundle of comics on the station platform. Thanks to my mum roaring like a mad woman out the window “the teddy!, the teddy!, I just want the teddy!”, some kind person ran with teddy as the train picked up speed, reaching up to the window just in time for Mum to grab him. This mad woman then had to sit down and face the other passengers for the rest of the journey. To hell with them and the comics, teddy was what mattered.
For his book Much Loved, photographer Mark Nixon documents beloved teddy bears treasured by children long into adulthood. Inspired by his young son’s attachment to his Peter Rabbit, Nixon sent a call for a Teddy Day in his studio, with submitted toys ranging from the tender age of five to a wizened one hundred. On the opposite page, the soulful creatures are accompanied by personal stories of loss and recovery, sorrow and joy.