To celebrate the launch of the new Paddington Bear movie that will be in cinemas on 28 November, and to ultimately raise money for charity, 50 bear statues have been placed around London close to parks, museums, and key landmarks. Today while I was out and about I found 2 of the 50. Paddington Jack (pictured above) was designed by television personality Davina McCall and is placed outside Horse Guard Parade.
Over 25 million Paddington Bear books have sold worldwide. It all began over 60 years ago when his creator, Michael Bond, bought a small stuffed bear on Christmas Eve from Selfridges as a gift for his wife. Paddington’s name was taken from the nearest railway station to Bonds house, thankfully he didn’t live at the end of the Jubilee Line (to save you the research I’m referring to Cockfosters).
The bears have been designed by a selection of famous stores and celebrities such as David Beckham. An online auction will take place for some of the bears between December and January with proceeds going to the NSPCC.
Now that I have found the The Paddington Trail website I realize that I must have walked past quite a few other bears without noticing and will now be a lot more vigilant when I am out and about.