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Winners of our competition with Hill enjoy fabulous coronation tea on board Paddington Bear Bus in Marleigh





Winners of the Cambridge Independent’s coronation competition with housebuilder Hill enjoyed a fabulous afternoon tea on board the Brigit’s Bakery Paddington Bear Bus on Monday.

The iconic red London bus pulled up at Jubilee Square on Hill’s new Marleigh development in Cambridge, and our competition winners - eight groups of four - were treated to a mouth-watering selection of savoury snacks, homemade sweet treats, freshly baked scones and hot and cold drinks.

Our competition winners with the Paddington Bear Bus in Marleigh. Picture: Keith Heppell
Our competition winners with the Paddington Bear Bus in Marleigh. Picture: Keith Heppell

Among them was Thelma Hynes, from Fulbourn, who found out from the Cambridge Independent that she had won the competition - from hundreds of entrants - on her 86th birthday.

Our competition winners enjoy their afternooon tea on board the Paddington Bear Bus. Thelma, second left, took along her best friend Norma and daughters Jill and Amanda. Picture: Keith Heppell
Our competition winners enjoy their afternooon tea on board the Paddington Bear Bus. Thelma, second left, took along her best friend Norma and daughters Jill and Amanda. Picture: Keith Heppell

Thelma said: “My friend had come around with a present and card for me and then the phone rang. I couldn’t believe it - what a wonderful birthday surprise!”

She said of the day: “It was absolutely wonderful. I loved it. The food was beautiful and everybody was really helpful. I’m very glad I won the competition.”

Our competition winners enjoy their afternooon tea on board the Paddington Bear Bus. Picture: Keith Heppell
Our competition winners enjoy their afternooon tea on board the Paddington Bear Bus. Picture: Keith Heppell

Thelma took along her daughters Jill and Amanda and her best friend Norma.

“They thought it was lovely,” she said. “I put on a crown. We had photos taken - it was fun and everything was done to our convenience.

Our competition winners enjoy their afternooon tea on board the Paddington Bear Bus. Picture: Keith Heppell
Our competition winners enjoy their afternooon tea on board the Paddington Bear Bus. Picture: Keith Heppell

“The food kept coming. It was delicious and they brought round little boxes so you could take home what you couldn’t manage!”

Thelma is also something of a Paddington fan as she collects bears - although one of them had an unfortunate encounter.

Our competition winners enjoy their afternooon tea on board the Paddington Bear Bus. Picture: Keith Heppell
Our competition winners enjoy their afternooon tea on board the Paddington Bear Bus. Picture: Keith Heppell

“My husband bought me one of the first Paddingtons,” she revealed. “But I have a young poodle puppy and he chewed the hat!”

Thankfully there were no such mishaps on Monday, when a big Paddington bear was in attendance.

Our competition winners enjoy their afternooon tea on board the Paddington Bear Bus. Picture: Keith Heppell
Our competition winners enjoy their afternooon tea on board the Paddington Bear Bus. Picture: Keith Heppell
Our competition winners enjoy their afternooon tea on board the Paddington Bear Bus. Picture: Keith Heppell
Our competition winners enjoy their afternooon tea on board the Paddington Bear Bus. Picture: Keith Heppell
Our competition winners enjoy their afternoon tea on board the Paddington Bear Bus. Picture: Keith Heppell
Our competition winners enjoy their afternoon tea on board the Paddington Bear Bus. Picture: Keith Heppell
Our competition winners enjoy their afternoon tea on board the Paddington Bear Bus. Picture: Keith Heppell
Our competition winners enjoy their afternoon tea on board the Paddington Bear Bus. Picture: Keith Heppell
Our competition winners with the Paddington Bear Bus in Marleigh. Picture: Keith Heppell
Our competition winners with the Paddington Bear Bus in Marleigh. Picture: Keith Heppell

“It was absolutely magical,” said Thelma, who added that she loved watching the coronation and the concert.

“I was 16 when our Queen was crowned,” she recalled. “And I was born in April and her father was crowned in May [1937], so I’ve lived through three generations.”



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