Peppy the polar bear is steeped in local Leicester history – but no-one knows much about his legacy.
Leicester Arts & Museums Service are appealing to find out more about the Fox’s confectionary mascot.
Not a lot is known about the big cuddly mammal, other than the bear stood pride of place in the Leicester'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 then 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.
Peppy can currently be see as part of the nanoq: flat out and bluesome exhibition at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery. The photographic exhibition runs until Sunday 5 April 2009.
If you do have any fond memories or photographs of Peppy, please contact Hayley Thompson at New Walk Museum on 0116 225 4900.
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For more details on Fox's Confectionery history in Leicester visit Blue Plaques.