Actor Hugh Bonneville, who plays Mr Brown in the “Paddington” films, and his co-stars Samuel Joslin and Madeleine Harris, who play his children, read out some of the messages that fans have sent to Bond’s family since his death during the service.
Meanwhile HarperCollins UK c.e.o. Charlie Redmayne led a prayer during the service. Francesca Dow, managing director of Penguin Random House Children’s, and Hachette Children’s Group c.e.o. Hilary Murray Hill were also among the trade figures in attendance. Others paying tribute included Bond’s agent Stephen Durbridge, who gave a reading, Stephen Fry, and authors and illustrators including children’s laureate Lauren Child, Michael Morpurgo, Sarah McIntyre, Benji Davies and Katherine Rundell.
Bond’s daughter Karen Jankel also gave a tribute, in which she remembered his “witty one-liners”, “friendly demeanour” and his ability to “find the humour in any situation”. She said: “He was very generous, particularly with his time, and he replied to every fan letter he received. Even when he could barely hold a pen, he never refused a request to sign a book because he respected his fans as much as they respected him.” She said of her father’s most famous creation: “Paddington is an extension of our family, he is to all extents and purposes an extension of my father and so he will always be with us.”
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