Tuesday, 30 December 2014
The Paddington Bear trail across London ended today, much to the sadness of some fans still trying to track down all 50 statues of the famous creation. Yesterday I came across a middle-aged couple, making the most of a seat by Ant and Dec’s creation Bear Humbug (left) in Oxford St. Despite their best efforts they were only half-way through the list of locations.
It has been fascinating to see how celebrities, artists and fashion designers have re-interpreted the bear from darkest Peru. Frankie Bridge, singer and Strictly Come Dancing contestant, covered her creation with coloured glitter.
There's also the opportunity to bid for one of the trail bears at an on-line auction. Thirty-six of them are being sold to raise funds for charity with prices so far ranging from £1,200 to £5,000.
The auction continues until January 7. Details at https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/the-paddington-trail/lots/129