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The bear necessities; Love for Winnie the Pooh stands the test of time.

Byline: Marie Turbill; Sarah Dale

IT'S Winnie the Pooh Day on Wednesday so to celebrate MARIE TURBILL asks why do we still love our "silly old bear"? GROWING up, Julie Taylor says she was a big fan of Winnie the Pooh.

"I thought he was really cute," says the 29-year-old from Middlesbrough.

"I was always fascinated by the honey pots," she says with a laugh.

"I remember trying it myself but I didn't like it and could never understand why he did."

It didn't stop her from loving the "silly old bear" though and, now a mum herself, it is a love she is passing on to her own children, James, almost two, and Amy, four.

"James' bedroom is all Winnie the Pooh. He has the curtains, a border on the walls, pictures and bedding."

He has Winnie the Pooh toys too.

"I don't know what it is about him that makes him remain so popular," says Julie, who lives with her partner Simon Hunter and their two children.

"I guess it goes from generation to generation.

"Because I used to watch it when I was little, I chose to decorate James' bedroom like that and now he likes him too."

Plus, she says, the cartoons are still played on the Disney Channel.

"It's a newer version than I remember, the colours are much brighter, but James and Amy both enjoy watching it."

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WINNIE THE POOH FAN: James with one of his toys and, left, with mum Julie Taylor and teddy bear Pictures by KATIE LUNN
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 16, 2012
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