Richer than the Queen and immortalised first by A.A. Milne and then Walt Disney, the most famous and remarkable teddy bear in English literature Winnie the Pooh is 90 years old this month. Were talking not of Milnes fictional Pooh, who made his literary debut in 1925, but of the 15 in stuffed mohair toy bear who inspired his timeless stories. Pooh was 'born in June 1921, one of hundreds of identical 'Alpha bears produced at the respected Farnells factory in West London, and was bought by the authors wife Daphne from Harrods for their new son, Christopher Robin. For the first nine years of his life, Pooh was the boys constant companion and over the years they were joined by Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo. In 1925, the Milne family acquired a holiday home in Cotchford Farm, in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. Here A.A. Milne began to notice the games Christopher Robin played with Pooh and started writing about them. The Enchanted Place, the Heffalump Trap, the North Pole, Owls Tree, Poohsticks Bridge and all the other secrets of 100 Acre Wood were laid bare. The first book appeared in 1926 and the bear of not-so-little brain became a hero to children the world over. But Christopher Robin was growing up and he and Pooh were soon to become permanently estranged. In 1928, Milnes last childrens book, The House at Pooh Corner, features Christopher Robin preparing for boarding school. An illustration later produced by artist E.H. Shepard showed the boy kicking Pooh away. In 1947 Pooh departed for the US on a book tour. Then in 1961 Daphne licensed the rights to Disney and Pooh became an international superstar. Today, he has his own place on Hollywoods Pavement Of The Stars and lives in a glass case at the New York Public Library where 750,000 people visit him every year. DM