8th November 2020 - Rupert is now 100 years old!
As most of you are well aware, 8th November 2020 was Rupert 100th birthday.
He first appeared, in the pages of the Daily Express, on 8th November 1920, and still looks pretty good for his age!
There has already been 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 arranging their own celebrations, but the purpose of this page is to list other events or stories about Rupert in his centenary year.
Happy Birthday Rupert
Although he Followers Annual Fun Day and AGM for 2020 had to be cancelled due to the Corona virus pandemic, 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.
There is also a photographic montage of some of the previous Fun Days which can be viewed.
Members, more information will be found on the Members Only side of the website and in the Nutwood Newsletter.
An Article from the amazing Dust Jacket Magazine
The December 2020 edition of the magazine of the London Old Boys' Book Club - The Dust Jacket - featured an article written by the Followers own Roger Coombes.
We thought you would like to read the article, and we are grateful both to Roger and to Vic, the Editor of the Dust Jacket for their permission for its reproduction here.
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Three-day Rupert Birthday Celebratory Spread in the Express
There was a brilliant three-day feature on Rupert in the Daily and Sunday Express, covering his birthday weekend - 6th, 7th and 8th November - three pull-out coloured supplements.
Several Members of the Followers were featured, with photographs showing their amazing Rupert collections. there was a great article about the Followers' annual Fun Days, and a superb new story by John Harrold.
John Harrold Book-signing to celebrate Rupert's 100th
John Harrold, who was the last Daily Express newspaperRupert artist, will be attending Lewes to sign copies of his Annuals.
Originally planned for Easter 2020, the event had to be re-arranged several times because of the Covid pandemic.
A new date has been fixed and we are pleased to announce that the event will now take place on
Saturday 13th November 2021
More details on this flyer:
A Special Treat for Members
Members of the Followers of Rupert who have attended Warwick in the last two or three years will be familiar with Howard Smith and his wonderful presentations about Rupert, and with his book Rupert, the Bear Facts.
Howard is a lecturer, historian and author and he has revamped and updated his presentation Rupert the Anthropomorphic Bear, to celebrate the Little Bear's centenary.
Especially for members of the Followers, Howard has arranged for there to be an exclusive private listing of the presentation, on the Members' side of the website for a two-week period: 6th to 19th November.
Members for whom we have a current e.mail address were sent an e.mail with a direct link, but all other Full and E. members are able to view the lecture, by logging into the Members' side of the website during those dates, and following the link that is there.
Rupert Coins by Danbury Mint
We had heard that, to celebrate Rupert's Centenary, Danbury Mint were releasing a set of coins featuring John Harrold artwork.
We have now been advised that this collection will not be appearing in the near future.
The link below, to the Danbury Mint website, should give more information.
Follow this link: DanburyMint.Centenary-coins
Countryfile Magazine December 2020
Check out the December issue of Countryfile Magazine; there is a super article about Rupert and an interview with the Followers' own John Beck.
Cuddly 12 inch Rupert
Produced by Rainbow Designs, a new soft Rupert approx 12 inches high is going to be released around 24th November.
They may be ordered through the Classic Rupert Bear Shop:
Three page Rupert Birthday Celebratory Spread in Best of British Magazine
The Magazine Best of British, November issue, is now available at newsagents and includes a very interesting three-page feature about Rupert, entitled Feisty Little Bear - Happy 100th birthday. It has plenty of illustrations and is well worth a read.
Frog Song re-released
The Frog Song is to be re-released.
Check out a double-page spread in the Daily Express 2 October 2020.
Rupert pins from Danbury Mint
Danbury Mint are releasing a set of Rupert pins.
An advert for the pins in the Daily Express on 8 October 2020 mentioned the Followers - and our logo!
North West Rupert Exhibition
Boris Johnson permitting, the Portland Basin Museum in Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside, is due to re-open its doors on Wednesday 14 October 2020.
We are told that among the exhibits will be a celebration of our own Rupert Bear.
Anyone planning to visit the museum will have to pre-book through the museum website and can do so through this link:
Entry to the museum is free but due to Covid 19 restrictions capacity is limited and entry is by timed ticket.
Apparently it is planned to run the exhibition for four weeks.
Rupert Exhibition in Canterbury
It's is 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. Details on the form:
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
On 3 September 2020, the Royal Mail issued the official set of Rupert Stamps.
These are on sale at Post Offices or direct from Royal Mail (check their website), and can also be purchased in a presentation pack that includes interesting facts about Rupert (including a mention of the Followers), and a set of postcards featuring the stamps. All items are ideal for your collection or posting requirements.
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
Danbury Mint Coins
The Danbury Mint are proposing to issue a set of Rupert coins in a presentation box, plus a range of character pins (badges), so watch this space for further details as they become available.
To find out more, follow this link: https://www.danburymint.co.uk/
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). It 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.
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.
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.
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