Where’s The Bear?

Image © Paddington and Company Limited.
At Mr Fox we love an iconic characters, and as British storybooks go, Paddington Bear is up there with Noddy and Winnie the Pooh in the top drawer of nostalgia.
 

This month, bear fever is rife with the launch of Paddington the movie from the producers of Harry Potter released on 28 November, starring Hugh Bonneville and Peter Capaldi (with a cameo performance by PB’s creator, Michael Bond). And though it has received a PG classification for it’s ‘mild innuendo’ we think Hugh B in a maid’s outfit is one of the main attractions.

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In London, STUDIOCANAL, NSPCC and Visit London have created The Paddington Trail (from 4 November to 30 December). 50 statues of Paddington are peppered across the city, each designed by different personality, celebrity or artist. From Rankin, John Hurt, Boris Johnson, and Bear Grylls; to Matthew Williamson, Lulu Guiness, Zaha Hadid, and Benedict Cumberbatch, the bears all have their own distinct styles, and the trail makes a great day out in London with children.

Our favourite? ‘Toggle’ by award-winning artist Benjamin Shine at the Museum of Childhood, a playful take on the fastenings on Paddington’s duffle coat.

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Elsewhere, Selfridges (where Michael Bond bought the original bear for his wife on Christmas Eve, before naming it after his local tube station) has a Paddington Curiosity Shop (until 4 January) in its London store and online.

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In support of the trail, Gloverall has created a special edition children’s duffle coat (for ages 2-9, £99), with £50 from the sale of each coat going directly to the NSPCC. A selection of the Paddington trail statues will be auctioned online by Christies from 10 December, also for the charity and its ChildLine service, and will start at £500. For more information click here.

 

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 {Images © Paddington and Company Limited}