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  Film found of real Christopher Robin
Updated 27 November 2001, 11.09
Christopher Robin (left) and friends (Courtesy of South East film and video archive)
Christopher Robin (left) and friends (Courtesy of South East film and video archive)

Film footage of the real Christopher Robin - the main character in the classic Winnie the Pooh books - has been found 72 years after it was shot.

Joel Pitts, the programme's presenter
Joel Pitts, the programme's presenter
The short film shows nine-year-old Christopher Robin Milne, son of author AA Milne, in 1929 taking part in a pageant in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex.

He's seen with some schoolfriends who are dressed as Pooh, Piglet, Eyeore, Tigger and Kanga.

Birthday bear

BBC producer Helen Kent, who found the footage, said it was "wonderful".

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"It links the world of Winnie the Pooh to Ashdown Forest," she added.

The honey-loving bear was 75 years old in October.

The world was first introduced to Pooh in 1925 in a short story called The Wrong Sort of Bees in a Christmas Eve edition of the London Evening News.

The Real World of Winnie the Pooh will be shown on BBC2 in the south on Tuesday, 27 November at 7.30pm.

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