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Friday, August 14, 1998 Published at 15:07 GMT 16:07 UK

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Pooh profits rejected

Members of an exclusive London club which shares the rights to one of the best-loved characters in children's literature, the bear Winnie the Pooh, have turned down the chance of a windfall profit from their sale.

A closed meeting of Garrick Club members voted to split any proceeds between a charitable trust and the club's upkeep.

The American corporation, Disney, has offered tens of millions of dollars for the club's share of the rights.

The Pooh Bear stories -- by the children's author A.


Milne -- have entertained generations of youngsters, translated into dozens of languages and selling millions of copies worldwide.

The rights to the books were bequeathed by A.


Milne to a number of beneficiaries, including the Garrick -- his old London club.

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