Me­mo­rial hon­ours Paddington

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Bri­tish ac­tor Hugh Bon­neville has joined hun­dreds of mourn­ers at a me­mo­rial ser­vice for the cre­ator of the mar­malade-lov­ing bear Paddington.

Bon­neville, who played adop­tive fa­ther Mr. Brown in the Paddington films, told mourn­ers at Lon­don’s St. Paul’s Cathe­dral that Michael Bond “was as kindly, dig­ni­fied, charm­ing and lov­able as the im­mor­tal Paddington Bear he gave us.” Bond wrote some 20 Paddington books be­fore his death in June at age 91.

Writer-co­me­dian Stephen Fry said Bond of­ten asked him­self, “‘What would Paddington do?’ I think that would be a good tat­too for all of us.”

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