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Woman who changed her name to Pudsey


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Woman who changed her name to Pudsey Bear refused passport

A mother who raised £4,000 for Children In Need by altering her name to Pudsey Bear has been refused a passport in her new name because the change was considered “frivolous.”

Eileen De Bont, 37, a receptionist, legally adopted the name of the BBC appeal’s mascot and updated her documents.

However, when she sought a new passport in the name of Pudsey Bear her application was turned down.

She said: “I do not know what to do. It is utterly ridiculous. My old passport expired in October.

“They say they will only issue me with one in the name of Eileen De Bont, but that is not my name. I do not have any documents with that name on now.

“If I get a passport in the name of Eileen I am going to have trouble checking into hotels, hiring cars and even changing money.”

Mrs Bear, a mother-of-two daughters aged 10 and 13, changed her name legally through the UK Deed Poll Service and sent off her driver’s licence, bank cards, credit cards and tax forms to have them altered.

Her bank card now reads ‘Mrs P Bear’, and her driving licence ‘Mrs Pudsey Bear’. She is addressed as ‘Ms Pudsey Bear’ on her council tax statements, and the Inland Revenue lists her as ‘Mrs Pudsey Bear’.

The Identity & Passport Service, which addressed her as ‘Mrs Bear’, told her in a letter: “It is deemed to be a frivolous change of name, which would bring IPS into disrepute. It could also pose problems for you at border control in some countries.

“IPS is not questioning the validity of the deed poll, however, it is not prepared to issue a passport in a frivolous name which could compromise our mission statement ‘safeguarding your identity’.”

Mrs Bear said the decision would prevent her from taking holidays abroad.

She said: “I love my new name. It has become part of my life. It is who I am. My girls both call me ‘Mummy Bear’.”

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April 28, 2009 - Posted by | Entertainement, Funny, People, Politics | , , , ,

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