Stamp collectors from Great Yarmouth will be showing off collections to celebrate 70th anniversary
PUBLISHED: 14:31 11 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:52 12 May 2017
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For seventy years its members have proudly shown off their collections of rare and colourful stamps with many an admiring glance at first covers and bulging albums.
Next month the Great Yarmouth Stamp Club celebrates its 70th anniversary with a special exhibition.
The exhibition at Hopton Village Hall on Sunday, June 4 will have more than 300 album pages on display.
Displays will include St Helena’s first postage stamp of 1856, RNLI stamps, early Swiss collections, bird, fish, angling and flower themes and collections with a Norfolk flavour.
Also included will be Canada King Edward VII and Japanese occupation of Netherlands East Indies stamps and covers autographed by presidents, actors, rock stars and politicians.
As well as the exhibition in the main room at Hopton Village Hall there will also be a stamp fair with dealers buying and selling stamps and covers in another room.
The club was formed by a small group of collectors and enthusiasts in 1947 who met at each other’s homes.
As membership grew the club began to hold their meetings at the library at the foot of Haven Bridge.
The club then moved in to the library at Tollhouse Street and Gorleston Library before ending up at its present home at the Cobholm Community Centre.
It now has 30 members and they meet every other Monday between 7pm and 9pm at the community centre.
David Saunders, the club’s publicity officer, said: “The exhibition is to celebrate the club’s 70th anniversary.
“Club members will be displaying material from their collections, featuring stamps, postal history, first day covers, postcards and autographed covers.
“Visitors will be treated to an interesting display of fine material and they may even want to join one of Great Yarmouth’s longest established clubs.”
The event runs from 9.30am to 3.30pm.
There will be tea, coffee and light refreshments available and several club members will be on hand at the exhibition to answer any questions visitors may have.
Anyone who is interested in joining is welcome to attend the Great Yarmouth Stamp Club’s meetings at the Cobholm Community Centre.