Firm’s bear necessities for Paddington film

Orlando Valvona - business supplied tiles for the new Paddington film - pictured outside the Cambridge Street shop are Carlo and Sarah Valvona with baby Gabriella and Don Valvona (Carlo's dad)

Orlando Valvona - business supplied tiles for the new Paddington film - pictured outside the Cambridge Street shop are Carlo and Sarah Valvona with baby Gabriella and Don Valvona (Carlo's dad)

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When movie bosses needed the right sort of tiles for a set on the new Paddington Bear film they turned to a father and son firm for help.

Don and Carlo Valvona, who run Orlando Valvona in Cambridge Street were made up to be approached by set designers working on the Hollywood adaptation of the British classic books by Michael Bond.

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They wanted a specific terracotta Victorian tile, which was made in the same way as the originals, and the pair were only too happy to help.

Son Carlo said: “The tiles were made in the same way as the originals and it was just what they were looking for.

“Elstree Studios contacted us after we were recommended to them as we recently worked with the makers of a BBC drama called One Child.

“We get a lot of people approaching us with specific things that they need, and they know that we can do it.

“But just occasionally something really unusual will come along like this which is great. As any customer will tell you, we are a shop full of options.”

The pair do not know exactly where the tiles will be used in the film, but will be watching closely when the film starring Hugh Bonneville hits cinemas on Thursday.

And this is not the first time that Orlando Valvona has served an unusual customer.

The firm, which began in 1985 once supplied a carpet for one of the notorious Kray twins while he was serving time in Grendon Underwood Prison. Tiles from Orlando Valvona also form part of the Timewalk Gallery at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.