Fans pay tribute to Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond

FILM REVIEW Paddington 2

FILM REVIEW Paddington 2

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

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".

Ms Jankel said she had observed that "women had an unfortunate tendency to fall in love" with her father. "Despite this" he "only married twice", and his widow and his first wife were both at the service.

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 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?"

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. "I think that would be a good tattoo for all of us".

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