Stamp of approval for rare examples

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A Scarborough philatelist has been given a stamp of approval by scooping a top award for the region for a collection of rare historic examples from Ireland.

Chris Phillips, the secretary of the Scarborough Philatelic Society, won the Commonwealth class – a first for the town – which was awarded by the Yorkshire Philatelic Association.

He submitted an entry of Irish Free State 1922 stamps and said: “It was a period of a few months in which British stamps were overprinted for use in the new Irish Free State, before they printed their own stamps.

“This entry was awarded 79 per cent and a silver certificate, as well as the cup to be held for a year.”

The Irish Free State began on December 6, 1922, and lasted until 1937.

It was established under the terms of the Anglo-Irish Treaty which was signed by the British Government and Irish representatives a year earlier.

The award was made at the weekend’s annual convention of the association, which includes all Yorkshire philatelic societies and stamp clubs, which was held in Redcar.

Various societies submit entries to various classes for 16 page competition entries.

Chris also was placed second in another category – the Cinderella class – which was for any stamp-like collections with no postal validity.

He said: “The entry was of Post Office Training School items used to train post office workers.

“It also received 79 per cent and a silver certificate but no cup.

“Ted Lunn entered the Foreign Class and, although he got 81 per cent, only came 4th in that class – but got a silver-gilt certificate for his Italian Unification entry.

New members are welcome and meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month in Scarborough Library.