Ahead of a memorial service to be held next week celebrating the life of Michael Bond, the late author’s family have announced the publication of one last Paddington story.
Bond, who created the children’s favourite in 1958, died shortly after finishing writing his final Paddington Bear storybook, which will be published in June 2018.
The story, titled Paddington at St Paul’s, sees the marmalade-loving bear getting into inevitable trouble when he is mistaken for a choirboy while touring the cathedral.
Bond was inspired to write the story while attending the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations in the summer of 2016. Bond, like the Queen, was born in 1926 and celebrated his 90th birthday last year. Bond, who died in June, will be commemorated at a special service at St Paul’s next week.
Bond’s daughter, Karen Jankel, said: “If the outpouring of wonderful messages of condolence we received from my father’s fans is anything to go by, there will be many people who will be delighted to learn there is another Paddington book to look forward to.