Film stars, friends and family remember Paddington Bear author Michael Bond

Before deciding anything, ask 'What would Paddington do?'

Before deciding anything, ask 'What would Paddington do?'

His daughter, Karen Jankel, described 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.

HarperCollins Children's Books executive publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh added: "We are deeply honoured to be publishing the final Paddington story from our most cherished author, Michael Bond". "Despite this" he "only married twice", and his widow and his first wife were both at the service.

HUGH BONNEVILLE and Stephen Fry were among the names celebrating the life of Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond today.

The actor Hugh Bonneville, who has lent his voice to the character of Mr Brown in two Paddington films, read tributes from the author's fans.

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

The service began with the Reverend Canon Mark Oakley giving thanks to Bond and for "a bear called Paddington who fitted our world perfectly because he was different".

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

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