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Paddington Bear writer's wartime Reading Podcast now online
Evacuees arriving at Reading station in 1939 inspired Paddington Bear
Michael Bond recounts his vivid memories of the 1943 air raid on his home town, in the second of a series of podcasts about places in Reading which hold historical significance.
Former Reading resident Michael Bond, the internationally famous author of the Paddington Bear stories describes his narrow escape from the Second World War bombing raid that took place in Reading on February 10th 1943, which killed 41 people and injured many more.
Mr Bond recalls the arrival of wartime evacuees at Reading train station that later gave him inspiration for his most famous creation.
Martin Ellerbeck from the Reading based company Thursday Films has been working with Reading Museum on the 'Sites of Significance' project. Martin said “This is a really interesting project and one which the people of Reading will really connect with, as it’s all about the streets we live on”.
You can view the podcast on the Museum's Youtube channel
Date updated: 05 Jan 2012
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