Paddington creator Michael Bond honoured at cathedral service

Brunilde Fioravanti
Novembre 14, 2017

Bond's daughter, Karen Jankel, said during the announcement: "If the outpouring of wonderful messages of condolence we received from my father's fans is anything to go by, there will be many people who will be delighted to learn there is another Paddington book to look forward to".

Paddington was "so real" that the bear was seen as a member of their family and "an extension of my father, which means he will always be with us", she said.

Ms Jankel said she had observed that "women had an unfortunate tendency to fall in love" with her father.

Bond's publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh said that "increasingly Paddington's character would inform" Bond's own thinking and that he would sometimes ponder business affairs by asking "what would Paddington do?"

Stars of the Paddington movies, Hugh Bonneville, Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin, were in attendance.

St Paul's Cathedral played host today to a memorial service for Bond, the beloved author of the cherished Paddington Bear.

Afterwards, Fry told the Press Association that the service was "delightful".

Actors from the newly released Paddington 2, the latest iteration in the 60-year-old saga of the Peruvian refugee, delivered tributes given by fans after the author's death in June aged 91.

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.

The service came a week after Bond's new book was announced at St. Paul's.

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