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  • Restoration specialist works her magic on World War One doll ahead of Remembrance Sunday

    Danielle Thompson

    THE OWNER of a popular doll and teddy bear ‘hospital’ has restored a World War One soldier doll in time for Remembrance Sunday.

    Jeannie Pritchard, 58, who owns Pritchard’s Doll and Teddy Hospital on Liverpool Road North in Burscough, is a specialist at restoring dolls, teddies and ceramic figures.

    As well as the small ceramic doll, which is wearing a First World War soldier's uniform, she also restored a memorial tablet in honour of a soldier from Ormskirk who was killed during the First Wold War, whose name is also on the remembrance monument.

    Jeannie first became interested in doll conservation work more than 20 years ago and completed a course in restoring ceramics before taking on a job at the conservation studios at the Museum of Lancashire for more than three years.

    She was forced to retire from her job 11 years ago as she was diagnosed with lupus and diabetes but by working three–hour shifts four days a week, she has built up the doll hospital from a workshop in her home ten years ago to the studio at the Wharf, where she traded for more than four years.

    She restores unusual items from all over the world and she has mended a teddy bear whose hat was and legs were damaged in an IRA blast, fixed a doll from the Belsen Concentration camp whose legs were broken and mended dolls once owned by Queen Victoria and Margaret Thatcher as well as a broken doll given to a child at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital by Queen Mary, the wife of King George.

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