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.
Members, you will already know that it is planned for our annual Fun Day to be extra special to mark this momentous occasion. The Committee is working hard to plan the event and we will update the Members' page to keep you informed as to how things are progressing. We will post on here as soon as we hear any news.
Members please take note - the Annual Fun Day and AGM 2020 will be on
Saturday 29th August 2020
This will be an extra special occasion, to mark Rupert's 100th birthday.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Book-signing to celebrate Rupert's 100th
NEW DATE FIXED
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
Copies of the 'Rupert Index - 100 years of stories', is to be launched this summer. It is fully illustrated, with all colour images shown in full colour, and includes many interesting new facts.
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.
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
The Rupert Treasury
We have heard that Egmont, in addition to a Rupert Annual for 2020, will be republishing the Rupert Treasury. It is good to see the lovely early Mary Tourtel stories revived again. The book should 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