Polar bear is Bjorn to entertain the crowds

Bjorn the Polar Bear pictured at Castle Dene shopping centre, Peterlee.

Bjorn the Polar Bear pictured at Castle Dene shopping centre, Peterlee.

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FORGET Frozen Planet, shoppers enjoyed a festive treat when they got the chance to get up close to a polar bear.

 The interactive, life-sized mechanical bear entertained families during a show.

 Bjorn the bear and his herder, Ursula, appeared at Castle Dene shopping centre, in Peterlee.

 Bjorn and Ursula performed a string of shows that allowed shoppers to get up close.

 The event also featured a nature documentary-style talk on polar bears and their environment and a question and answer session.