Peppy the Polar Bear. © Leicester Museums Service
He might be one of the most famous bears ever to grace the streets of Leicester, but Peppy the Polar Bear is still something of mystery to his current owners Leicester Museums Service.
Peppy, a former ‘star’ of the campaign to promote city confectionery giants’ Foxes Glacier Mints, has been restored to ‘mint’ condition by staff at Leicester New Walk Museum, who were given the bear in 2003 after years stored in a dusty storeroom.
Now proudly on display in the Museum’s galleries, visitors can see the old bear as part of the ‘nanoq: flat out and bluesome’ photographic exhibition at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, but staff know very little about the Fox’s confectionary mascot and are appealing to the public to help them find out more.
Peppy the Polar Bear at New Walk Museum. © Leicester Museums Service
It is known that the bear stood in pride of place in the city’s Fox’s factory for more than 20 years.
The original character of Peppy the Polar Bear was first introduced to Fox's confectionery packaging in 1922. Over the years Fox's had several mounted bears and used them to advertise their sweets before the days of television. The bears were taken around the country, to carnivals and fetes, where they were adored by children and adults alike.
If you were one of those people and can shed any light on Peppy’s mysterious past or have any photos or memories of the bear, contact Hayley Thompson at New Walk Museum on 0116 225 4905.
The photographic exhibition, nanoq: flat out and bluesome, runs until Sunday April 5 2009.