The first Paddington Bear was created by Gabrielle Designs in 1972, a small business run by Shirley and Eddie Clarkson, with the prototype made as a Christmas present for their children Joanna and Jeremy Clarkson.
According to Clarkson’s bio, he’s parents couldn’t pay the fees for his school, but thanks to their home-made christmas gift to their children they managed to put both Jeremy and his sister in very good schools. But Clarkson was not the most well-behaved student though and eventually he was kicked out the Repton school for smoking and drinking and making a fool out of himself. I guess not that much has changed since he was younger!
I just thought that was a weird connection between these two things and worth sharing!