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Memorial Servie: Michael Bond CBE, 1926-2017

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James Hughes-Onslow on the loss of Paddington bear's creator

Hugh Bonneville, star of the Paddington films, read out tributes from fans to the bear’s creator in St Paul’s Cathedral in front of a congregation of 1,500. He was flanked by Samuel Joslin, who played Jonathan Brown, and Madeleine Harris, who played Judy Brown. One fan suggested that if Bond’s books were read to all kids around the world, it would be a much kinder place. Hard stares and marmalade sandwiches featured prominently. ‘We should all go out and give idiots a hard stare in commemoration,’ wrote a fan. ‘I doubt I’d ever have become a teacher if it hadn’t been for Paddington Bear. His tips on hard stares served me particularly well.’ ‘Good night, Michael Bond,’ said another fan. ‘Thank you for writing the books that taught me to read, and to want to read more.’ Granddaughter India Jankel read a story about the world’s fattest guinea pig. Grandson...

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