A family-run Burton toy company is preparing to ship Paddington Bear halfway across the world back to his home country - of Peru.

Steve Bowring, 59, co-owner of Stemik Gaming, said it was a "funny thing" to see one of his Paddingtons returning to Peru.

He said: "We sell Paddington Bears worldwide anyway, but it was just a funny thing to see a Paddington going back to Peru.

The firm has received an order from Peru for Paddington
The firm has received an order from Peru for Paddington

"We have seen a huge surge in orders since the film. Sales have increased by around 10 times over the last two weeks. Everyone’s gone Paddington Bear mad!"

Staff at the Hawkins Lane company have been keeping themselves busy over the last few months following an influx of Paddington Bear orders – thanks to the recent movie release and the M&S Christmas advert.

Steve Bowring runs the business alongside his wife, son, daughter, brother-in-law and sister.

The store has also received orders from the USA and Australia as customers scramble to get their hands on a cuddly version of the popular character.

Paddington Bear, a friendly bear from the Peru, is a fictional children’s literature character. He has featured in more than 150 books written by English author Michael Bond, the first of which was published in 1958.

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