Special clippy mat to help bouncing babies

Baby bounce members at Hebburn Library receive a clippy mat from Heather Ward and Coun Allan Kerr
Baby bounce members at Hebburn Library receive a clippy mat from Heather Ward and Coun Allan Kerr

Youngsters will be able to bounce in comfort thanks to a nimble-fingered group.

The Clippy Matters, who are based at Hebburn Library, in Station Road, decided to make a special mat for the Baby Bounce mums and their tots who also use the library.

It took them around a year to make the mat, which features a kite, ball and book design, after starting in July 2013 .

The brightly-coloured creation, which would have been popular in northern homes until the mid 20th Century, will be used for youngsters to sit on during their baby bounce session.

The mat was donated to the Baby Bounce group at a special presentation attended by Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for culture and leisure.

He said: “It was a lovely event and great to see the two groups coming together.

“The skilled Clippy Matters group has done a wonderful job creating this mat which is providing additional comfort for our young library visitors as they sit and enjoy their stories and rhymes.”

Baby Bounce is held at Hebburn Library on Wednesdays, at 10am.

The Clippy Matters meet on Wednesdays at 10.30am.

They are now working on a new clippy matt which celebrates Hebburn’s industrial heritage.