Stamp club celebrates 70th anniversary with exhibition

The Bedford Philatelic Society welcomed Councillor Wendy Rider.
The Bedford Philatelic Society welcomed Councillor Wendy Rider.

A stamp club has celebrated its 70th anniversary with a special exhibition.

The Bedford Philatelic Society welcomed the deputy speaker from Bedford Borough Council, Councillor Wendy Rider for the occasion.

She congratulated the club on its ongoing programme of interesting philatelic and related activities.

Club members displayed and explained exhibits relating to the year 1944, 70th anniversaries and Bedford during the Second World War.

The first display, by Alister Kinnon, was of a 1944 related selection from the club’s extensive Ransby Collection of postal materials from Bedfordshire dating back to the 18th century.

It included envelopes and stamps from the prisoner of war camps that were scattered around Bedford during the war.

There were 12 other displays that covered music in Bedford during 1944, including Glenn Miller and the relocation of the Proms from London to the Corn Exchange, stamps showing dramatic events in France during 1944, stamps and postmarks showing how the postal authorities in East and Central Africa coped with Polish refugees from Siberia and Italian prisoners of war from Ethiopia, 70th anniversary stamps for railways.

The club’s youngest member - aged just 10 - showed 70 stamps themed on wild animals.

To find out more about the club, which welcomes new members and interested visitors, contact Julie Barnard on 07964 292813, 01234 765092 or email julieb@rejel.com. Alternatively look up ‘local societies’ at www.abps.org.uk.