IF you go down to Barrhead’s civic dump today, you’re sure of a big surprise.

For caring staff at the recycling hub have been bringing joy to residents during the coronavirus crisis by collecting the town’s unwanted teddy bears and putting them on display.

Cuddly toys of all shapes and sizes, including unicorns, a stuffed shark and a Womble, can be seen by those dropping by to get rid of household waste.

Some of the foam-filled guests have been ‘living’ at the Carlibar Road site for years, while others have arrived during lockdown as people put their spare time to good use by having a clear-out.

Scott Hutchison, who is chargehand at Barrhead Recycling Centre, said putting the toys on display at a fence there has generated plenty of smiles during what have been dark times for many residents.

He told the Barrhead News: “Over the years, members of the public have put teddies up there when they are no longer wanted. One teddy has led to another and we’ve now got a wee collection.

“A lot of the parents and children come over to have a look and even take a picture with them. It puts a smile on everybody’s face.

“We call it the pet cemetery.”

Local resident Archie Brock is among those who have been impressed by the display of cuddly toys, which includes teddies that are almost as tall as the staff who work at the dump.

He said: “The display is very cute. I thought it was quite amusing when I noticed it.

“I’ve been going to the Barrhead Recycling Centre with my garden waste and saw all these toys lined up.

“I grabbed a couple of wee snapshots.

“It’s funny but, at the same time, it’s a wee bit sad that all these toys are being thrown away.

“They’re not even small toys – some are pretty big.”