Stamping out 'rubbish' junk mail

A SPECIAL spoof stamp has been created for April 1 by a Scarborough collector.

Christopher Phillips, secretary of the Scarborough Philatelic Society, designed the one-off “junk mail” stamp to remind people to place unwanted mail in the wastepaper basket and not be “fooled” into buying things they don’t want.

The stamps will be given out free to members of the Scarborough group and some will be sold to collectors on auction website Ebay.

Mr Phillips has been producing the April 1 stamps since last year, when he created a topsy-turvy version of a first class stamp with the lettering “Airmail Post to Southern Hemisphere”.

He said: “I thought it would be rather fun and our members thought the stamps were great.

“People from as far away as Australia bought the stamps last year and they proved quite popular.”

Mr Phillips has used the stamps when sending letters to people, but he added that you must always use a normal stamp too and put the fun stamp elsewhere on the envelope.

The group is also celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and more one-off stamps and events are in the pipeline.

Scarborough Philatelic Society is meeting tonight at Scarborough Library and will welcome four collectors from York, who are giving a talk about their collections.

The group is always looking for new members and meets at 7pm for 7.30pm on the first Tuesday of each month – but if the Monday was a Bank Holiday it is the second Tuesday of the month.

For more details contact Mr Phillips on (01723) 368475 or email chris@philatelic.org.uk.