Peruvian bears invade London

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Paddington at Paddington

Paddington sits at his station, sandwiched, between escalators and a takeaway that doesn’t even sell marmalade sandwiches!

At the end of the month, the film about Paddington Bear opens. Today, fifty statues of the famous marmalade eating, Peruvian bear will appear around London to highlight The Paddington Trail.

The statues, designed by among others, by David Beckham (his is called ‘Golden Paws’), Emma Watson, (‘Flutterby’), Benedict Cumberbatch, (I suppose his had to be called ‘Sherlock Bear’,) Peter Capaldi, ( a not-quite-so-obvious, ‘Paddington Who?’) Stephen Fry, (‘Paddington is GREAT’, a link to the Visit Britain’s campaign?) Nicole Kidman,  (‘Blush’) and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. (‘The Bear of London’ which sounds like a Tim Vine pun)  Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman and peter Capaldi appear in the film. Sandra Bullock, Kate Moss, Zaha Hadid and Bonneville were also among the designers.

Michael Bond – the writer who first came up with the Paddington books after buying his wife a bear for Christmas in Selfridges in 1956 – also appears in the film in a cameo role. In the store, there is a shop-within-a-shop, The Paddington Curiosity Shop where small statues have been created especially to celebrate the historic link between the store and the famous bear as well as raising funds for the NSPCC and its ChildLine service.

The trail follows Paddington Bear as he first appeared on our shores and then his footsteps can be tracked as he went from Heathrow through to the O2 in the east, taking in some of London’s key cultural and landmark hotspots such as The Royal Opera House, Museum of London, Horse Guards Parade, the Museum of Childhood, Selfridges and, of course, Paddington Station.

London based design company 3DEye has helped to create the three foot six inch tall statues, which will be auctioned online by Christie’s from 10 December to raise vital funds for the NSPCC and its ChildLine service, helping to ensure that children and young people have someone to turn to in times of need in the same way as Mr and Mrs Brown were there for Paddington.

The idea of the statues has obviously been inspired by the Grommit statues that appeared in Bristol last year and which drew tens of thousands off us to the city before they too were auctioned off in support of charity.

You have up until the 30th of December to view Paddington’s fifty statues.

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