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Paddington visit from famous bear
Paddington Bear at Paddington Station on Friday 23 June 2006
Paddington Bear greeted commuters on Friday morning
Paddington Bear, one of the stars of this weekend's Royal Children's Party, made a brief visit to the station he was named after on Friday.

The duffle coat-wearing bear strode down platforms on Friday morning, greeting commuters and tucking into his favourite snack - a marmalade sandwich.

Paddington will be going to the Children's Literature Garden Party held at Buckingham Palace on Sunday.

The party is one of the celebrations marking the Queen's 80th birthday.

Library festival

Paddington shares a birthday with the Queen - and also has another birthday on Christmas Day.

Michael Bond, the man who created the marmalade-fancying bear from Peru, will attend the party.

Up to 800 libraries across the UK will be taking part in a literary long weekend to try and get children to read for fun.

The Queen will send a message of support to libraries taking part.

On Sunday the grounds of Buckingham Palace will be transformed, featuring characters from the Big Friendly Giant and Winnie The Pooh.


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