HUGH BONNEVILLE and Stephen Fry were among the names celebrating the life of Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond today.
The author of the much-loved bear passed away in June this year, aged 91.
A memorial service, held at St Paul’s Cathedral, saw Bonneville, who plays Mr Brown in the Paddington films, read out messages from fans around the world.
Bond’s daughter Karen Jankel led the tributes, describing her father as a ‘master of one-liners’, who could see the humour in any situation and had ‘a twinkle in his eye’.
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.
The author penned more than 200 books before his death, 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.
Stephen Fry, who also attended the service said: ‘Michael was as kindly, dignified, charming and lovable as the immortal Paddington Bear he gave us.’