Michael Bond

Author: Debra Found

Date Published: Jun 28th 2017, 3:24pm

It is with great sadness that I heard of the death of Michael Bond. His well loved creation, Paddington Bear, was a part of my childhood. I know he created other characters but it was Paddington I loved.

I was fortunate enough to have several Paddington Bear books from quite a young age and the library provided the rest. I loved them. They were fun in a very innocent sort of way.

Then along came the TV series. They were just short little episodes which were created in a sort of two-dimensional drawing style. Michael Hordern provided the somewhat dour and very straight faced sounding voice to accompany Paddington's antics. I must have been around 7 or 8 when they started and they were a perfect addition to the books. The series and the books went hand in hand.

Paddington remained one of my favourites from childhood through the years and I bought the books for my own children. I am not sure Paddington was as firm a favourite with them but I still loved reading them.

Then there was the film. Wasn't it brilliant? Yes, I know I was firmly in middle age when it came out but I still loved it. It had captured the innocent fun of the books and was great to watch. I must confess to being determined to watch the second one!

So Paddington Bear has endured as a favourite throughout my life. A new generation of children is coming to enjoy them through the new films. The books have never gone away with Michael Bond continuing to add to the series over the years.

Paddington will be one of those well loved enduring favourites. I thank Michael Bond for sharing him with us.