Paddington creator Michael Bond honored at cathedral serviceNovember 14, 2017 9:20pm

LONDON (AP) — British actor Hugh Bonneville has joined hundreds of mourners at a memorial service for the creator of the marmalade-loving bear Paddington.

Bonneville, who plays adoptive father Mr. Brown in the "Paddington" films, told mourners at London's St. Paul's Cathedral that Michael Bond "was as kindly, dignified, charming and lovable as the immortal Paddington Bear he gave us."

Bond wrote some 20 Paddington books before his death in June at age 91.

At Tuesday's service, Bonneville read tributes from fans alongside young actors Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin, who play his children in the two "Paddington" movies.

The congregation included Bond's family, friends from the publishing world and celebrities such as writer-comedian Stephen Fry.

Fry said Bond often asked himself, "'What would Paddington do?' I think that would be a good tattoo for all of us."

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