Film stars at me­mo­rial for Padding­ton cre­ator Bond

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY SHERNA NOAH

Re­mem­bered: Michael Bond AC­TORS Hugh Bon­neville and Stephen Fry were among the guests at a me­mo­rial ser­vice for Padding­ton Bear cre­ator Michael Bond yes­ter­day.

Fam­ily, friends, col­leagues, and fans ar­rived for the event which also paid trib­ute to the 91-year-old’s fa­mous work.

The Rev­erend Canon Mark Oak­ley told the packed congregation at St Paul’s Cathe­dral: “As we re­mem­ber with fond­ness the char­ac­ters that sprang from Michael’s imag­i­na­tion and re­call their ca­pac­ity for do­ing good, so let us give thanks for a bear called Padding­ton who fit­ted our world per­fectly be­cause he was dif­fer­ent.”

He “gave thanks” for the “gifts” Bond shared “through the art of sto­ry­telling” and for the “in­spi­ra­tion he gave to read­ers and view­ers”.

The English au­thor penned more than 200 books be­fore his death in June, fol­low­ing a short ill­ness.

The bear from Peru, who ends up in London and is fond of keep­ing a mar­malade sand­wich un­der his hat, was his most fa­mous lit­er­ary cre­ation. Bond’s first book, A Bear Called Padding­ton, was pub­lished in 1958 and the au­thor’s grand­daugh­ter, Robyn Jankel, read an ex­tract from it at the ser­vice.

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