The first is on Paddington Station:
The information plaque reads:
“The statue was designed by Marcus Cornish and is based on the illustrations of Paddington Bear by Peggy Fortnum. It acknowledges the enormous pleasure which Michael Bond’s creation has given to millions of children and adults throughout the world since his first book was published in 1958.”
Judging by the shine on his nose he is a very well loved bear too.
On my last day in London I discovered two more Paddingtons, and they formed part of the Paddington Trail that was was launched From 4 November until 30 December 2014. Fifty Paddington statues were placed around London close to museums, parks, shops and key landmarks to publicise the release of the CGI Paddington movie in 2014. Unfortunately I only saw two of them.
While this one I spotted in Norfolk Square Gardens close to the station.
I would have loved to have found more, but then I would have ended up running around like a mad person again. The last time I hunted down this sort of campaign was in 2013 in Southampton when they had the Rhino Campaign.
In 2017, while en route to South Africa I found the following on Paddington Station. I do not recall seeing it in 2017, so it may be a new addition.
Somewhere amongst my stuff I have a Paddington Plush that I bought in London in 2008, but at this moment in time he is probably out visiting, or scoffing marmalade under a tree.
And, in 2017 I found that there was a Padding Bear themed shop on Paddington Station, and inside it they had a very nice collection box too.
And, I had forgotten about the kiddy ride I saw in Weymouth in 2013.
I grew up reading the Paddington Bear books and I never thought that one day I would be standing in the very same station photographing a statue of a bear from Peru.
Sadly Micheal Bond, creator of Paddington Bear, passed away in 2017. I was fortunate enough to photograph two more of the Paddington Statues in 2019.
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