Paddington swaps Marmalade for Marmite
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9 Things Everyone Should Know About Paddington Bear

Jan 16, 2015
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Created by a BBC cameraman

Michael Bond, who at the time was a BBC TV cameraman for a popular children's show called Blue Peter, was inspired to create Paddington after buying a small neglected toy bear on Christmas Eve in 1956.

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He's named after a train station

Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington, decided to name the iconic British bear after London Paddington Station because he and his wife were living near it at the time.

First Editions: Redrawn sale - London
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First appearance in 1958

Paddington made his first appearance on Oct. 13, 1958 in A Bear Called Paddington written by Michael Bond and illustrated by Peggy Fortnum.

Paddington swaps Marmalade for Marmite
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His favorite food is marmalade

Paddington is famously known for his taste for marmalade, although for a brief period in 2007 he was featured fancying marmite, a yeast-based food spread, in television and radio ads.

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Jeremy Clarkson owned the first Paddington Bear

The first Paddington bear toy was created by Shirley Clarkson for her children Jeremy and Joanna. Shirley's company, Gabrielle Designs, would go on to become the first Paddington licensee to create official Paddington toys, while Jeremy would become a journalist and host of the wildly popular British automative show Top Gear on BBC.

Statue of Paddington Bear in Paddington Railway Station
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He got the bronze treatment

In 2000, a life-sized bronze statue of Paddington was installed at his namesake Paddington station in London.

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He got his own Google Doodle

Google honored Paddington's 50th birthday on Oct. 13, 2008 with a Google Doodle.

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The Paddington Trail

More than 50 individually-designed Paddington Bear statues were scattered across London to celebrate the city's art and culture from Nov. to Dec. 2014.

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Q is Paddington

Ben Whishaw, also known as the most recent incarnation of Q in the James Bond franchise, is the voice of the iconic bear in its eponymous film Paddington.

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