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28 June 2017, 15:26
In light of the sad news that Paddington creator Michael Bond has passed away we remember some of his other incredible characters such Parsley the Lion and Dill the Dog.
Legendary children's author Michael Bond has passed away aged 91.
The writer, who is perhaps most known as the creator of the Paddington Bear series of books was born in Berkshire in 1926 and continued writing right up until his death.
A statement from his publisher HarperCollins read: “It is with great sadness that we announce that Michael Bond, CBE, the creator of one of Britain’s best-loved children’s characters, Paddington, died at home yesterday aged 91 following a short illness.”
Today is a very sad day. Michael Bond CBE will be missed by many. pic.twitter.com/ZoCb5sU2V9— Paddington (@paddingtonbear) June 28, 2017
As well as being the imagination behind the marmalade loving bear from deepest, darkest Peru, many will be surprised to hear he also created the BBC children's series The Herbs.
The stop motion animated series followed a mixture of fantastical characters who inhabited the garden wall of a country estate. Those who watched the show as children will remember that the magic word 'herbidacious' at the beginning of each episode would open the garden gate.
The programme which first aired in February 1968 featured a whole host of herb inspired characters including Sir Basil and Lady Rosemary, Dill the Dog and Sage the Owl.
Michael Bond wrote the entire series simeltaneously while writing the Paddington series of books, a character that will immortalise him in the literary history books forever.
So sorry to hear that Michael Bond has departed. He was as kindly, dignified, charming & lovable as the immortal Paddington Bear he gave us— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) June 28, 2017