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Find 50 amazing Paddington statues in London to celebrate the arrival of Paddington in cinemas on 28 November!

The origins of Paddington Bear date back almost 60 years. His creator, Michael Bond, bought a small bear from Selfridges on Christmas Eve 1956, as a present for his wife, and named him after the nearest railway station to which they lived.

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From 4 November to 30 December you can follow in the furry footsteps of the world’s favourite Peruvian explorer. Fifty Paddington statues will be placed across London close to museums, parks, shops and key landmarks in an inspiring trail. Each of the statues have been created by artists, designers and celebrities with the trail following the travelling bear’s favourite places in London.

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If you’re a true intrepid explorer, see if you can find all 50 Paddington statues when you visit London. If you need some inspiration, follow our suggested mini trails.

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Image courtesy of Joe Pepler

Each bear has been designed by a different celebrity and artist – there is The Special One designed by Chelsea FC, Parka Paddington designed by Liam Gallagher, Gravity Bear designed by Sandra Bullock and Bear Humbug designed by Ant and Dec to mention but a few.

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The lead charity partner of The Paddington Trail is the NSPCC. They will be launching an online auction in association with Christie’s from 10 December 2014-7 January 2015 for some of the statues. All of the proceeds will go to charity. It is hoped that The Paddington Trail and associated activities will raise over £500,000 for the NSPCC.

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Image courtesy of Joe Pepler

The trail also benefits children’s charity Action Medical Research for whom Paddington Bear has been the official mascot for over 35 years.

So, for those of you who may never have heard about Paddington Bear, here is a little bit about him:

The classic tales of the much-loved bear have sold more than 35 million books worldwide, been translated into over 40 languages and captured the imagination of children and adults around the globe. If you’re, so far, not familiar with Paddington, he originally comes from Darkest Peru where he was brought up by his Aunt Lucy. He now lives in London, England. When Paddington first arrived in London he was found on Paddington Station by the Brown family which is how he acquired his name. He was wearing nothing but an old bush hat and a label on which Aunt Lucy had written the words “Please Look After This Bear. Thank You”. Paddington now lives with the Brown family at 32 Windsor Gardens, not far from the Portobello Road. Paddington’s favourite food is marmalade and he usually wears a blue duffle coat and carries his important belongings in a brown leather suitcase. Find out more at his official website: paddington.com

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