Miss Elinor honored with her own New Bern bear

Miss Elinor and her bear (Eric Olson NewsChannel 12 photo)

People from all over the country and world came to New Bern on Saturday honor a very special woman.

Elinor Hawkins received her own New Bern bear during a ceremony on Saturday. For 61 years, she’s been a part of “Telestory Time.” In 1952, Hawkins started the show at WFMY in Greensboro. It was the first television show of its kind in the state. In 1963, the show was moved to what is now WCTI.

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At 55 years, it is now the longest running children's TV show in the world and she’s still filming her show at 91.

The details on the statue were spot on with the glasses and sweater Miss Elinor wears during her shows. The mayors of New Bern, Dana Outlaw, and Cove City, Dred C. Mitchell Jr., declared Nov. 3 as Miss Elinor Hawkins Day.

“My mother always said never give up and she actually preached that to my sister and me for many years that we didn’t dare give up and its paid off,” Hawkins said. “All these years and you will see on the book this year and you will see on the book that the bear is standing on that. It says never give up by Susan Reid Dixon and that made me cry, its meant so much to us.”

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