THE great and good of Worcestershire reveal their most cherished childhood possessions in a revealing new fund-raising photo exhibition.

Famous faces including West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin, Malvern antiques expert Philip Serrell and Charles Morgan, managing director of the town’s famous Morgan Motors and Bishop of Worcester John Inge were caught on camera with treasured toys and teddy bears from their formative years. The Timeliness exhibition has been put together by photographer Martin Billings, from Broadway, near Evesham, to raise money for St Richard’s Hospice. Happy to show their support for the cause, Mrs Baldwin posed with her childhood teddy bear while Charles Morgan, managing director of Malvern’s famous Morgan Motors, has been snapped with a replica pedal car.

Mr Serrell is photographed with one of his favourite toys and Rt Rev Inge is seen holding a treasured pebble from the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

Other local celebs captured on camera include racing driver Joy Rainey, Wychavon district councillor Richard Morris and St Richard’s Hospice chief executive Mark Jackson.

The exhibition is going on display at the Number 8 gallery, Pershore between July 11-31 before starting a tour of other county venues. Mr Billings said: “The central theme for the 17 portraits is one of companionship, affection and inspiration, a special bond.

“It unites all the sitters, the people who were generous to share their memories and agreed to sit for me, and whose portraits celebrate the ownership of a toy or other memento from childhood to maturity.”