THE world’s most-travelled Rupert Bear has mysteriously gone missing in Stony Stratford during Royal Wedding celebrations.
And the owner of the tiny, tattered ted is pleading for people to help find him because he misses him so much.
But this is no little boy separated from his toy. For Leon Haywood is 43 – and has taken Rupert everywhere for the past 36 years.
“Leon’s family emigrated to New Zealand when he was seven years old and his mum bought him Rupert before they left,” said friend Lisa Cripps.
Since then Rupert and Leon have been to Australia and on holidays all over the British Isles.
When Leon planned a Royal wedding trip to England, Rupert was the first thing he packed. He and Lisa spent Royal wedding day in Stony Stratford, celebrating in pubs and taking pictures of the bear on the town’s historic landmarks.
“Somehow Rupert got lost. Leon is upset and wonders if he will ever see him again,” said Lisa. Sadly Leon’s flight home is tomorrow (Friday) and for the first time he must fly without Rupert.
Anyone with details of the bear should contact the Citizen and we will ensure he is posted to New Zealand.