We all love the bear called PADDINGTON……….

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On Christmas Eve in  1956, Michael Bond was in Selfridges Department store in London……..searching for a last minute gift for his wife. A forsaken  bear was laying there.  BINGO! And thus began the bears story.

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Peggy Fortnum, a British illustrator brought the bear’s story to life.  A frumpy refugee with a floppy hat and a duffle coat.  Peggy continued to illustrate the book until 1983.  She passed away in London…….March 28…….at the age of 96

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We can all learn from Paddington……..his incurable optimism.

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