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West Hampstead boy, 8, receives letter from Paddington Bear

PUBLISHED: 15:47 27 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:28 27 October 2017

Eight-year-old Tahir wrote to Paddington Bear and the marmalade-loving bear replied. Picture: Jennifer Rahman

Eight-year-old Tahir wrote to Paddington Bear and the marmalade-loving bear replied. Picture: Jennifer Rahman

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Paddington Bear often sent letters to Aunt Lucy in deepest, darkest Peru - but when a West Hampstead eight-year-old, wrote to the marmalade-loving bear, the cuddly character wrote back.

Paddington’s letter in full

Dear Tahir,

Thank you for your letter, I’m glad you are cuddly too. Are you enjoying the cold weather?

I like the frost, it didn’t ever freeze at my Uncle’s house in the jungle in Peru. I wish Aunt Lucy could see it.

Mr and Mrs Brown took me skating at Christmas, have you ever been skating? It was such fun.

Mr Brown fell over but he wasn’t hurt, and Mrs Bird went so fast I thought she might take off. I held on tightly to Mrs Brown’s hand, just in case.

We all ate marmalade sandwiches afterwards to recover.

Maybe it will snow soon, I hope so, don’t you?

Lots of love from Paddington. X

Speaking on Tuesday about the moment they opened the letter from the spectacled-bear, Tahir Rahman’s mum, Jennifer, 36, said: “He was ecstatic. He was showing it off so much.

“Because of Paddington writing to him, he thinks he’s his pen pal. Paddington seems to be something that connects all the kids together in my home,” she added.

Tahir’s letter was delivered to the director of Paddington 2, when his older sister, 14-year-old Anisah, went on a set visit as part of the Haverstock School Journalism Project.

Tahir, who is autistic, told the South American character that he understood ‘how city life is so hard’ as he sometimes found Oxford Street to be boring.

Paddington replied using the same stationery and handwriting as in the film, which is released this month.

He wrote to say how he was enjoying the cold weather, and had eaten marmalade sandwiches after going ice skating.

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