Philatelists flock to stamp fair at church

Words and photos by Dave Barry 

Philatelists turned out in droves for a stamp fair at Westborough Methodist Church.

Yorkshire Philatelic Association chose the town for its annual convention, honouring Scarborough Philatelic Society’s 80th anniversary.

It was the first time the convention has been held in Scarborough, although the Philatelic Congress of Great Britain was staged in the town in 1963.

The fair featured every Yorkshire stamp club, stamp dealers from around the country and prize-winning displays of stamps and postal history by collectors from Scarborough and Bridlington.

The local society is keen to attract non-philatelists to the hobby and collectors who are not in a club.

It ran competitions for young people to design a stamp featuring Scarborough. The winners were Joe Moorehouse, 9, Ben Moorehouse, 11, Lottie Smith, 12, Maia Dowey, 9, Frank Wilson, 8, and Jack Aydemir, 13.

Their designs feature the Red Arrows, beach huts, tourist attractions, the Freddie Gilroy statue, the south bay and the lighthouse.

Prizes were provided by event sponsor Corbitts of Newcastle.

The fair was opened by the mayor, Cllr Joe Plant, who presented prizes to the winners, spoke to dealers and charity representatives and showed great interest in the stamp displays.

Guesthouses, eating places and leisure centres were asked to promote the stamp fair and several bought advertising space in a booklet, which was given to visitors.

Press officer Robin Stenhouse said the host club was grateful to Corbitts, Bridlington Philatelic Society and the team from Teesside which provided and erected display frames.

Robin added: “The event relied on help and support from members, their friends and families. Thanks to them, particularly Chris Phillips, for his drive and hard work in organising the fair”.