While strolling around London before Christmas, I stumbled across Paddington Bear .....well several actually! I have fond childhood memories of the Paddington Bear books and the adventures of this very cute bear with a marmalade habit!
|'Bear in the Wood' |
standing outside St Paul's Cathedral
|St Paul's Cathedral|
I discovered that these statues were part of the Paddington Trail and with more time, I would have liked to have seen them all! The trail has now ended, the bears have been auctioned and over £930,000 has been raised for the NSPCC Childline Service. The trail coincided with the release of the Paddington film.
|'Paws Engage' in The Italian Gardens, |
There were 50 Paddington Bear statues in prominent positions around London (in many of Paddington's favourite places!) Each bear was created by an artist, designer or celebrity including David Beckham, Nicole Kidman, and Matthew Williamson.......
|'Camobear' in Selfridges|
There were so many varied designs and I especially liked the witty names too. You can see all the bears here
The trail ended at Selfridges where the idea for the Paddington Bear Story was born in 1956 when Michael Bond, a BBC cameraman at that time, bought a toy bear as a Christmas gift for his wife. He was inspired to write books about this bear which he named after the station close to his home.
The Selfridges store window featured a glamorous looking gold Paddington and a London taxi... surrounded by lots of jars of marmalade.
by Kate Moss
Inside the store, we looked around the Paddington Curiosity Shop ...There were displays of memorabilia and all kinds of Paddington-related gifts.
The timeline on the wall showed the development of the Paddington bear books .....
.....and there were costumes from the Paddington film including this colourful, quirky outfit worn by Mrs Brown.....
We were determined to see the film ....and it was the perfect feel-good film to watch the day before Christmas Eve. We enjoyed every minute of it ........
This charming bear arrives at Paddington station from Darkest Peru and is taken in by the Brown family who live in a pastel-coloured house which reminded me so much of the ones I photographed in Notting Hill just before Christmas....
The actual house used in the film, however, is in Primrose Hill. .....The film follows Paddington's new life and adventures in London. It's a delightful, fun film with a few sinister twists and turns along the way....
The first Paddington Bears like this one were manufactured in 1972 by Gabrielle Designs, run by Shirley and Eddie Clarkson. The prototype was made as a Christmas present for their two children, Joanna and Jeremy (who went on to become the well-known British presenter of the TV show Top Gear)
The earlier bears wore Wellington boots produced by Dunlop until production apparently could not meet the demand!