PADDINGTON Bear celebrated his 50th birthday on October 13th, 2008.
A Bear Called PADDINGTON, a book written by Michael Bond and first illustrated by Peggy Fortnum, was released on October 13th, 1958.
Mr. and Mrs. Brown first meet PADDINGTON on a railway Platform while waiting for their daughter Judy.
PADDINGTON is sitting on an old leather suitcase near the lost Property office, wearing an unusual hat and a label round his neck which reads `Please Look After This Bear. Thank You'.
PADDINGTON explains that he has been sent from Peru by his Aunt Lucy who has had to go into the Home for Retired Bears in Lima.
PADDINGTON is always Polite (always addressing People as "Mr.", "Mrs." and "Miss" and very rarely by first names.)
PADDINGTON likes marmalade sandwiches and cocoa, and has an endless capacity for getting into trouble.
However, PADDINGTON is known to "try so hard to get things right".
Happy Belated Birthday, PADDINGTON.
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