Waddles the giant penguin stops by to meet youngsters at Ely’s City Cycle Centre

Waddles, the giant beanie boo toy, visited City Cycle Centre in Ely last weekend.

Waddles, the giant beanie boo toy, visited City Cycle Centre in Ely last weekend. - Credit: Archant

Toy enthusiasts in Ely were treated to a visit from a fluffy friend last weekend.

Waddles – a seven foot penguin – stopped by at the City Cycle Centre last Friday and Saturday (August 11 and 12) to meet youngsters enjoying their summer holidays.

The giant dancing beanie boo toy dished out hugs and high-fives to dozens of children outside the award-winning city department store which specialises in bikes, toys, models and crafts. It has been on Market Street for more than 40 years.

Manager Andrew Olley said: “Waddles loved all the hugs and high fives she received.

“Thanks again to everyone who came out to say hello. You all made her trip to Ely very special.”

What is a beanie boo?

Beanie boos are manufactured by global toy company, Ty. They come in range of species, colours and sizes, with the large toy measuring 17 inches – not quite as big as Waddles!