Welcome to the Followers of Rupert
Since 1983 there has been a society, called The Followers of Rupert, for those who remember Rupert from their childhood with affection. The society is limited to classic Rupert, not the cartoon character more recently seen.
The Society gets its name from the Rupert annuals. Each year at the end of the stories there is a page advertising Rupert in the Daily Express and on that page is the slogan "Follow Rupert in the (Daily) Express" and so we are The Followers!
We have hundreds of members who enjoy regular newsletters, calendars and other Rupert-related items produced specifically for the society.
We welcome our new members.
Our Annual gathering over August Bank Holiday weekend was an amazing success. The Rupert hot-air balloon (out of commission for quite some time) was inflated - probably for the last time. A wonderful sight.
Join us - and come along next year!
Rupert first appeared on the 8th November 1920, so he is now over100 years of age!
Treats for Members were arranged to celebrate the occasion.
The Centenary Celebrations were, of course, very special. Now, Rupert moves on into his next Century. The 'Centenary News' link below notes some of the events and merchandise that were created for the Centenary.
This beautiful piece of artwork was created by Stuart Trotter and shows the changes Rupert has undergone in 100 years.
Two special productions:
The Bestall Book
A quality hard-backed book in the format of a Rupert Annual. It contains four stories that had never previously appeared in colour: they have been specially coloured for the Followers. It has a limited print run and is available only for members of the Followers to buy.
A Map of Nutwood
As all Rupert fans know, the little bear lives in Nutwood with his Mummy and Daddy.
There has always been much mystery about Nutwood and its surrounding area:
- Where is the Professor's Tower?
- Where does the Conjuror's pagoda lie?
- Is the School across the Common?
The definitive Nutwood Map has now been created by the Nutwood Ordnance Survey Company - and it is available for members of the Followers to purchase!
Join the Followers nd yoou will be able to buy either or both of these super publications.
The Followers of Rupert Bear
The official Rupert Bear Society Website
The Secretary, John Beck
29 Mill Road, Lewes, East Sussex
tel 01273 477555