A celebration of the life of Paddington Bear creator, Michael Bond, was held at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
Excerpts from the Bond of the work were read by the members of his family, while the stars from the Paddington film – including Hugh Bonneville – read tributes from fans.
Writer and broadcaster Stephen Fry was on Tuesday, and recalled the author, who died in June at the age of 91 years, as “a decent soul and a lovable man”.
Other guests have paid their taxes, bringing Paddington bear with them.
If brought to arms, or to load in your pocket, their presence reflects the love and esteem of so many feel for the man who created him.
“Anyone who has met my father immediately warmed up to him,” said Bond’s daughter Karen Jankel, remembering “the glint in his eyes” and his “friendly attitude”.
“I doubt that someone has fallen in love with [him],” he continued, citing the presence of both the Bond wives and the mother of his son as a testimony of this fact.
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Another speaker revealed that the Link was so in tune with his most famous creation, he would sometimes ask, “What would Paddington do?” when considering business.
“Michael was happy to Paddington to take the limelight,” said Ann-Janine Murtagh, his publisher HarperCollins Children’s Books, remembering his “disarming humility.”
“Thank you, Michael, for all the wonderful stories… and for giving us such fun and laughter over the years. We will look after your bear”.
Bonneville – who was accompanied by his young Paddington co-stars Samuel Joslin and Madeleine Harris – told the BBC london’s “the spirit of adventure, [and] optimism” were “great features to attach to”.
“We can all identify with him,” the actor said of lima, better known to the marmalade-loving of export. “We’ve all been a stranger in a strange place, trying to fit in.
Fry, meanwhile, attributed Paddington lasting success to “the fact that he was always dignified, and on the side of right, of friendship, of warmth and of family.”
“Michael was very quiet, honest, sweet-natured – exactly what you would hope,” he told the BBC. “You can see why Paddington has come out of him.
“I have known for more than a certain number of years and he was always the same – completely without side and show-offiness.”
Fry also said Bond’s former role as an operator on Blue Peter, “doubly a British institution”.
Although best known for the Paddington area, the Link created also these much-loved characters such as Olga da Polga, the Herbs and The retired detective, Monsieur Pamplemousse.
Its the final of Paddington, in the book, which will be released next year – will be located in St Paul’s Cathedral, which also features the recently released Paddington 2.
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