Treasured keepsake a part of exhibition

Lynn Foggan and her two-year-old daughter Sarah with their Looby Lou doll.
Lynn Foggan and her two-year-old daughter Sarah with their Looby Lou doll.

A TREASURED doll has gone on display as part of an exhibition on the country’s favourite memories.

Lynn Foggon, from Wallsend, beat off the challenge from nine others to win the Hallmark UK competition after the public voted her vintage doll named Looby Lou as their favourite treasured keepsake.

And last month the 39-year-old was joined by two-year-old daughter Sarah as they launched the Hallmark Treasured Memories Collection featuring the UK and Ireland’s most treasured memories, part of an exhibition at the National Media Museum (NMeM) in Bradford.

Looby Lou was originally knitted for Lynn’s childhood friend Sarah, who later became family when Lynn and Sarah’s brother started their long-term relationship.

Lynn and Sarah shared many memories with the doll until Sarah sadly died of breast cancer aged 32.

Following her death, the doll was passed down to Lynn’s daughter, also named Sarah, who has cherished it ever since.

Lynn said: “Being chosen as a finalist was a real honour in itself and we certainly never expected to win.

“Our Looby Lou doll means the world to our family, especially Sarah who would be lost without her.

“Looby Lou symbolises so many years of memories for us and now, after launching the screening here at the National Media Museum, we have even more great times to look back on.”

Emma Bragg, a contest judge and head of emotion at Hallmark, added: “Each and every keepsake is so unique and yet they’re all guaranteed to move you in some way.”