Film stars at memorial for Paddington creator Bond
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.