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IMG 9970 - Removing the Paddington BearsThe final moments of the Paddington Bears in the heart of London – by 1LondonBlog – a record for prosperity!
On the 30th December I decided to head for the bears in Chinatown, Leicester Sq and Trafalgar Sq as the only pics I had of these were at night time. When I arrived at Trafalgar Square Bear of London was already being loaded onto the nearby Pickfords van.
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In this view of the Pickfords van can be seen Primrose Paddington, Bear of London and Paddington the Explorer. Sticky Wicket is out of sight at the rear.
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I found the removals team once again at Horse Guards Parade, so I followed their work as they proceeded to remove Paddington Jack (by Cabinet War Rooms) Paddington is Great (Downing Street) and Good News Bear (Parliament Square.)
The larger vehicle stood in Horse Guards Parade while the small lorry went round collecting the bears
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Picture of one of the removals team with Paddington Jack outside the Cabinet War Rooms. His name is James as far as I gather, so that’s two J’s there!
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Paddington Jack being prepared for removal.
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The Paddington Bears seen on the van at Trafalgar Square were Sticky Wicket, Primrose Paddington, Bear of London and Paddington the Explorer. However only three were seen at Horse Guards Parade on the larger Pickfords lorry, these were Primrose Paddington, Sticky Wicket and Bear of London.
What happened to Paddington the Explorer I dont know, perhaps it was found to be in perfect condition and thus dispatched to storage immediately? No damage of any sort to this particular bear as my photos show.
Joining the three bears on the Pickfords lorry was Paddington Jack from outside the Cabinet War Rooms.
Next in line for removal – Paddington is Great at Downing Street/Whitehall.
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Unusually among the 50 bears, Paddington is Great followed a different procedure. All the others were unlocked with a master key the removals staff had. Security at Downing Street was so tight the locks on Paddington is Great could only be unlocked with a key held in 10 Downing Street.
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As the above picture shows, one of the Prime Minister’s staff was tasked with the unlocking of the bear’s base. This gives access to the eight weights which need to be retrieved before the bear statues can be removed.
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Heavy stuff! The weights from Paddington is Great see the light of day for the first time since 4th November.
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Putting Paddington is Great on the trolley.
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Process is slow as people take last minute chance to get photos before the bears vanish completely from London’s streets.
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The logo on the back of Paddington is Great as he is transported across the Whitehall pavement to the Pickfords van.
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Loading onto the Pickfords van in Whitehall.
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Downing Street’s Paddington the Great is no more, a brief reminder is this patch which will soon be dried & cleaned by the City of Westminster street staff.
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A final look at Paddington is Great in the back of the removals van.
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Good News Bear’s final moments as the Pickfords van arrives at the opposite side of Great George Street.
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The removals team assess Good News bear. The lady on the left travelled with the removals guys – recording each bear and logging any that was found.
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Rear of Good News Bear showing damage inflicted by unknown people. In this case the layers of newspaper were shaved off, perhaps scraped off willfully.
A number of bears recieved minor damage and they were to be taken back to the studios for repair – before being prepared and sent on to their new owners after January 7th 2015.
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Paddington Trail seekers still taking their chance before Good News Bear is put in the Pickfords van.
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More last minute photo opportunities in Great George Street!
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One of my favourite pictures of the Paddington Bears – Good News Bear during its final moments in London’s streets.
London never got to see any of the bears in the snow 🙁
There was more than one removals team. This particular group I followed took Primrose Paddington, Sticky Wicket, Paddington the Explorer, Bear of London, Paddington Jack, Paddington is Great and Good News Bear.

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Karolyn Cooper

Great photos. It’s more interesting to see the removal of the bears, than just to see them standing still. I’m putting a link to your post on my own blog today.


Thanks for the link to my blog 🙂 Good to see your blog too, & a pic of Maya Bear b4 it got vandalised.


Another blog about Paddington bear at Distant Drumlin