The Followers of Rupert Bear

Official Rupert Bear Society





Rupert's Centenary

It's 2020 - Rupert is 100 this year!

 As most of you are well aware, in 2020 Rupert celebrates his 100th birthday.

He first appeared, in the pages of the Daily Express, on 8th November 1920, so this year will see his centenary. He still looks pretty good for his age! We are sure there will be plenty of interest in Rupert this year, in the media and in various events. As we hear of things happening we will update this page. If you know of anything NOT on these pages, do let us know and happy to add it to the list. The Members of the Followers of Rupert will, of course, be holding a rather special 'Annual' in August but the purpose of this page is to list other events or stories about Rupert in his centenary year.


 Warwick 2020 - Fun Day cancelled

The Followers Annual Fun Day and AGM for 2020 had to be cancelled due to the Corona virus pandemic.

However, Members enjoyed a virtual Fun Day with videos and clips from past meetings shown throughout the day, via the Group's Facebook Page. These are still available for Members to view on-line, by logging in to the Members' Home Page, so that non-Facebook-using Members don't miss out.

Members, more information will be found on the Members Only side of the website and in the Nutwood Newsletter.


John Harrold Book-signing to celebrate Rupert's 100th

John Harrold, who was the last Daily Express newspaper Rupert artist, will be attending Lewes to sign copies of his Annuals.

The event was originally planned for 11th April 2020 , then re-arranged for November because of the Coronavirus constraints. As difficulties are ongoing, the event has been re-scheduled again, for summer 2021.

We are pleased to announce that the event will now take place on

Saturday 26th June 2021


More details on this flyer:    JH signing.26June2021


Rupert Exhibition in Canterbury

It's free!  Go along and see Rupert.

The "The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge" in Canterbury is putting on a Rupert Exhibition.

This will run from 7th November 2020  to 7th March 2021.

Situated at 18 High Street, Canterbury CT1 2RA, the museum is part of Canterbury Council's Museums and Galleries Department.

For more details check the Museum's website:  rupert-bear-centenary-exhibition/


Rupert - 100 Years of Stories


The Rupert Index - 100 years of stories, by John Beck and Pamela Stones, is now available.

It is fully illustrated, with all colour images shown in full colour, and includes many interesting new facts.

Cost is £25.00 including UK postage and packing, £35.00 incl. p+p outside UK.

Send a cheque to the Followers of Rupert Secretary, John Beck, or e.mail him with your details and pay by PayPal.

The book has been very well received:

"What a superb book. Many thanks."
"I [was] taken aback by the scope and detail throughout its pages. It's monumental!"
"A magnificent tribute for Rupert's Centenary birthday year."
"A great piece of work."

Limited Edition Celebratory Rupert Stamps from Buckingham Covers

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Join us as we mark the centenary of the Rupert Bear’s first appearance in the Daily Express in 1920.

This limited edition first day cover features the full-set of eight new Rupert Bear stamps and Canterbury postmark and is a tribute to Rupert’s creator and illustrator Mary Tourtel. Rupert is Britain’s longest continually running newspaper strip and continues to be hugely popular to this day.


We are delighted that Buckingham Covers is supporting the Followers of Rupert

Follow this link to place your order Buckingham Covers

Royal Mail Rupert stamps for 2020

Released on 3 September 2020, by the Royal Mail, a set of eight Rupert stamps and souvenirs.

The set is made up of four pairs of stamps, each pair featuring two illustrations from one of Rupert’s adventures - Rupert's Rainy Adventure (1944), Rupert and the Mare’s Nest (1952), Rupert And The Lost Cuckoo (1963) and Rupert's Christmas Tree (1947)



To find out more, follow this link: royalmail.stamps/rupert-bear



Stuart Trotter in Penzance

The current Rupert illustrator, Stuart Trotter, has been commissioned to produce a poster for Penzance, as St Michael's Mount has featured in a Rupert Annual, and to celebrate Rupert's Centenary.

The artwork will be unveiled at  Penzance Railway Station on Saturday 25th April at 12.30 pm.  Why not pop along and say "hello" to Stuart.

We are sad that this didn't happen - because of the pandemic.



New Steiff Ruperts

The Danbury Mint website informs that Steiff have created a special centenary Rupert. He is 11 inches (28 cm) high, with white fur and has a 22ct gold plated badge pinned to his jumper that states '100 years'. It is a limited edition of 5,000 and costs £225.

Also spotted on the Bear Garden website is a musical Rupert, 13 inches (33cm high) t apparently plays Jackie Lee's Rupert the Bear. He will retail at £250.00.  

We understand that the Classic Rupert Bear Shop are taking orders for this bear.




A Celebration of Favourite Stories

We have heard that Egmont, in addition to a Rupert Annual for 2020, have produced a lovely hard-backed book with eight of Alfred Bestall's stories. The book is available on Amazon - but beware!!
This book is actually a reprint of 'Rupert, a Collection of Favourite Stories' published in 2007. The 2007 version was in a slip-case and the 2020 version may have some extra introductory pages, but the stories are the same.  The 2007 version is available on eBay.




The Oldie Magazine

The Oldie magazine celebrated Rupert's centenary year with the March 2020 issue by featuring him on the front cover, and with a piece in Gyles Brandreth’s Diary in the magazine


If you have any news about other events, special issues etc.,
please let us know so that we may share it on here.

The Followers of Rupert Bear
The official Rupert Bear Society Website

The Secretary, John Beck
29 Mill Road, Lewes, East Sussex
tel 01273 477555


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The Followers of Rupert are grateful for permission to use the images on this website.