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 have had to be cancelled due to the Corona virus pandemic
Members, more information will be found on the Members Only side of the website and in the Nutwood Newsletter
Book-signing to celebrate Rupert's 100th
The event, originally planned for 11th April, but cancelled because of the virus outbreak, has been re-scheduled for
14th November 2020
which is very close to Rupert's birthday. Further details, as available, will be posted on the website.
The Rupert Index of stories
The 'Rupert Index - 100 years of stories', 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."
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.
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, will be producing a lovely hard-backed book with eight of Alfred Bestall's stories. The book will be available on Amazon.
Rupert stamps for 2020
We have no details as yet but the Post Office Shop Blog on the internet says that they have Rupert Bear planned in their Special Stamps issue programme for September 2020. There have been some lovely Rupert stamps in the past, and wonder what this year will bring.
Rupert Exhibition in Canterbury
The "The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge" (18 High Street, Canterbury CT1 2RA and part of Canterbury Council's Museums and Galleries Department) is putting on a Rupert Exhibition - starting on Centenary Day, November 8th. More details to follow.
The museum website is http://canterburymuseums.co.uk/beaney/
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