Guernsey Post’s philatelic bureau is delighted to announce the release of a new set of Post & Go stamps, which depict some of the fishing boats that operate in the waters around the Bailiwick of Guernsey (issue date: 12 February 2020).
Bridget Yabsley, head of philatelic at Guernsey Post explains: – “Following huge interest in last year’s Post & Go stamps, which depict cars belonging to members of Guernsey Old Car Club, we were keen to feature another local theme for our sixth Post & Go stamp issue.
“Fishing in the Bailiwick of Guernsey is a an active industry and a common past time, so we are really delighted to depict some of the colourful fishing boats, along with the unique beauty of the seas around the Bailiwick of Guernsey. We are grateful to the fishermen who agreed for their fishing boats to be depicted on our stamps.”
The stamps: –
GY Letter – Ceralia, GU29
The Ceralia, along with numerous other boats, operates out of Bordeaux Harbour, a small, picturesque harbour found in the north east of Guernsey. She is owned by Mike Scrimshaw, for whom fishing has been a big part of his life, including working full-time as a fisherman.
GY Large Letter – Odilia, GU388.
The Odilia, which is owned by Paul Arnold who has been fishing for over 30 years, moors and operates from Grande Havre, a natural harbour with stunning beaches including Les Amarreurs.
UK Letter – Little Sister GU138.
Little Sister is a small fishing boat, which moors in the inner area of Les Amarreurs Bay. Bass, plaice, bream, mullet and more are readily available in the waters accessed from this large inlet. She is owned by John Niles, who became involved through his family and says that the best part of fishing in Bailiwick waters is the magnificent views from the boat.
UK Large Letter – Amber Dawn, GU98.
Owned by fisherman Damien Albin, Amber Dawn moors in Perelle Bay in St Saviour on the West coast of Guernsey. This part of Guernsey’s southwest coastline provides excellent fishing waters with its deep-water gullies and reefs.
EURO Letter – Sandra J, GU301.
A fisherman all of his life, Sandra J’s owner, Adrian Brache, has also fished commercially for the past 15 years. His is one of many fishing vessels that operate from St Peter Port harbour and the Fish Quay.
ROW Letter – Carina, GU113.
The Carina also operates out of St Peter Port in Guernsey. She is owned by fisherman Jordan De Carteret, who changed his career so that he could enjoy the sea and beautiful coastlines. Along with his dog Biff, Jordan heads to the waters around the tiny but beautiful island of Sark in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, where he fishes for lobster.
The stamp products (First Day Cover and Presentation Pack) are available to preorder from 30 January 2020, by visiting www.guernseystamps.com or contacting the bureau on +44 (0) 1481 716486. Post & Go strips are available to purchase from 12 February at Guernsey Post HQ, Envoy House reception, from the GG02 series machine.