This performance of the Paddington Bear theme is the perfect tribute to Michael Bond, who has died aged 91

28 June 2017, 16:54

By Lizzie Davis

Michael Bond was the man behind the world-famous bear from deepest darkest Peru. This performance of the theme tune from the television series inspired by Paddington’s adventures.

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Christopher Lawton filmed his performance on the Compton organ at St Mary Magdalene Church in Paddington.

Writing on YouTube Christopher said: “The area of Paddington and the main line station nearby is famous for Michael Bonds children’s fictional character creation 'Paddington Bear'. In 1975, 'Paddington' first appeared on television and the theme tune was composed by Herbert Chappell so, for something completely different, here I am having a go at playing it.”

Christopher is the organist at Gee Cross Methodist Church in Hyde, and he’s currently raising money to help keep the organ in good condition – find out more here.

Michael Bond first published a story about the marmalade-loving bear in 1958. His most recent Paddington story was published in April this year.

Since making his debut in 1958, Paddington has appeared on television and, last year, in a blockbuster film starring Hugh Bonneville and Nicole Kidman. The sequel to that film is currently being filmed.

In a statement on his Instagram, Hugh Bonneville said: “It seems particularly poignant that we should learn of dear Michael Bond’s death on the last day of shooting our second film about his unique, loveable creation.

“In Paddington, Michael created a character whose enthusiasm and optimism has given pleasure to millions across the generations.

“Michael will be greatly missed by his legions of fans and especially by his wife, Sue, his family and of course by his beloved guinea pigs. He leaves a special legacy: long live the bear from darkest Peru.”