Augustus Jeremiah Honeybun was supposedly found under a gorse bush on Dartmoor in 1961 by the founders of Westward Television and became the station mascot for both Westward and TSW from 1961 to 1992. A puppet rabbit, and star of Gus Honeybun’s Magic Birthdays, he achieved a much respected longevity second only to Sooty!
Gus is now cared for by the SWFTA archive which was set up by television executives following the closure of the TSW studio in 1993. Gus sits happily alongside former colleagues and TV personnel who are supporting the care and preservation of the growing tape and film resources held within the archive.
Visit the SWFTA website to search the archives and find out about the projects they’ve been involved in.
Stacey Dyer, Archive Director, South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA)