Strampex fair at town hall

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The annual Stampex and Collectors’ Fair – organised by Portadown and District Philatelic Society – is taking place at the Town Hall in Edward Street on Saturday, September 24.

It will feature displays of stamps, covers and postcards to celebrate the record-breaking reign of Queen Elizabeth II, the Centenary of the Somme and the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Other exhibits will include Irish postal history, first day covers, postcards depicting places of local interest, miniature sheets and stamps from the reign of King George VI from Commonwealth countries.

There will be booklets and covers of Great Britain from the various reigns since 1840 as part of the commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the issue of the Penny Black in May that year.

Patrons are encouraged to bring along collectables such as stamps, postcards, cigarette cards, medals, badges or anything they may wish to have identified or valued free of charge by the dealers in attendance. Admission is again free to the event, which opens from 10am until 4pm.

A number of dealers from all parts of the province and some from the South of Ireland will be in attendance, selling stamps, postcards, first day covers, postal history items, philatelic accessories, cigarette cards, coins, medals and other collectables.