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.
The Followers' AGM is held in Warwick in August, surrounded by a Fun Day. The meeting this year is on Saturday 25th August.Why not join the Followers, and come along and join in the fun?
If you join now, and then register as a Member to come along to the Fun Day, in addition to the brand new 2018 Rupert Badge, you will receive FREE GIFTS of a Followers' pen, a Bestall CD, plus brand new Followers' bookmarks - these are so new they are not yet being offered for sale to members.
At the 2017 Fun Day, Followers had the chance to meet the current Rupert Artist, Stuart Trotter, and one lucky member won an original piece of artwork by Stuart, especially created for the event. Lots of information about the Event and lots of photos are available on the private Members' side of the website.
Stuart also created a beautiful piece of artwork for the 2015 Fun Day - Follow this link and see that lovely piece and see some information about an earlier gathering of Followers:
Stuart Trotter, the current Rupert Artist, was at the Followers' Fun Day and signed copies of the latest Rupert Annual personally for members.
Join the Followers so that you can come and join the fun!
(note, image shown is of the 2017 annual)
The signed annual is one item the Society is able to offer for sale to members of the Public.
You may order an annual that is signed by Stuart, or an extra special annual that is not just signed by Stuart but also has a head of Rupert or one of his chums drawn inside by Stuart!
If you would like to order a signed copy of the 2018 annual,
download the order form here:
2018 signed annual (68 Kb)
Prices quoted on the order form include postage and packing.
Of course, if you join, you may come to the next Annual Meeting, meet Stuart, and have him sign a copy of the next annual personally for you.
Egmont, the publishers of the Rupert Annual, are offering personalised copies of this year's annual, with your choice of name to appear on the front cover, the title page and on the spine.
Follow this link to Egmont's offer: Shop Egmont
MEMBERS - log in to the private Followers' page where you will find
details of a Members' discount on this promotion.
Rupert was born in Canterbury and features in the town's lovely Heritage Museum.
Now the museum is threatened with closure! The Followers are distressed to learn that this important piece of Rupert's history is at risk of being cast aside.
Here is a link to the petition against closure: Museum closure petition
Follow this link to an interesting study showing that Rupert formed part of an innovative literary genre. This paper was written by author Ewen Mackenzie-Bowie.
Download article here... (6.9 Mb)
To find out more about the general benefits of being a Follower of Rupert, follow this link:
Free gifts for you, if you join now. Click the red button:
Apart from the general member benefits, we have some special offers - free gifts for new members, and books normally available only to members.
Don't miss out!
Order a copy of the Rupert Annual, specially signed by the current Rupert artist - click 'Special Offers' here:
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