It is 50 years ago today that Paddington Bear was first introduced to the world in Michael Bond’s book “A Bear Called Paddington” which told the story of a bear left on Paddington Station with a note that read “Please look after this bear. Thank you”. The bear was found by the Brown family and named Paddington. The 11 books in the series recount the adventures of a bear living with the Brown family in England who is constantly getting into trouble and loves to eat marmalade sandwiches and drink cocoa.
I adored the Paddington Bear books when I was a child and watched the BBC television series that screened in the 1980s. Therefore, when Lela and I were in London in 2005 and found ourselves in Paddington, we did what all self-respecting Paddington Bear fans do and brought ourselves a Paddington Bear and took photos of it at Paddington Station.
Happy 50th Birthday Paddington Bear!