Residents and staff at a Dundee care home gathered for a screening of a film – starring themselves.
Talking ’Bout Teddies is a series of movies featuring Dundee people aged from two to 92 talking about their childhood teddies, what the toys mean to them and the memories they hold with them.
Among those featured were five tenants and two staff from Bield Housing and Care on Strathmartine Road.
The film launched earlier this year and is now touring libraries across the city.
The idea was formed through a collaboration between Dundee libraries and city-based research scientist Dr Suzanne Zeedyk, who specialises in the science of attachment.
Suzanne said: “I am delighted that we are back at Bield House with the residents who played such an important role.
“Their stories range from how a teddy kept one of the residents feeling safe, aged nine, from the threat of incoming bombers, as he was a child raised during the war to why one of the residents kept the teddy originally given to her son, and the moving story of when her mother died four years ago one of the residents kept her housecoat and had it made into a pillow, to help her cope with the loss.”
At the end of the film Dr Zeedyk gave a talk about how teddies provide comfort.
Colin Milne, retirement housing manger for Bield Housing and Care, said: “Because our tenants represent some of Dundee’s more mature population, they all have experienced first-hand the effect of human frailties, fear of change, uncertainty and loss.
“Some of the stories told by our residents were powerful examples of feeling protected in difficult times.
“When you watch the films, you realise how important this comfort can be in tough times.”
Showings of the film will run at Dundee libraries until October 18.
After they come to a close, there will be a public lecture at Dundee Science Centre on the science of teddy bears delivered by Dr Zeedyk.