Friday, June 27, 2008

50-year milestone for Paddington -
Paddington Bear dusted off his duffle coat for his 50th birthday celebrations

Paddington Bear fans have held a party in London to mark the popular character's 50th anniversary.
The first story was published in 1958, when the bear was found at Paddington station with a note attached saying: "Please look after this bear."

More than 200 local schoolchildren attended the party, which was held near the railway station.
Paddington was guest of honour at the event, which raised money for the charity Action Medical

Bond's latest book Paddington Here and Now, the first new novel in three decades, was published earlier this month.
Last year he revealed the book would be about the marmalade-loving bear, famously from darkest Peru, being arrested and interrogated over his immigration status.
Queen of the airwaves, Kim Hill, will be talking to Michael Bond on her
Saturday Morning programme tomorrow at 11.05 am on Radio New Zealand National.

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