Guernsey’s traditional markets are depicted on a new set of stamps issued by Guernsey Post’s philatelic bureau. Designed by Guernsey artist Chris Griffiths, the stamps, which are based on original photographs, depict the range of colourful, local produce on offer at Guernsey’s vibrant markets, which continue to draw the crowds and visiting traders.
French traders travel to Guernsey several times a year to sell their wares at the Normandie Market on North Beach (56p stamp). Islanders and visitors can soak up the French atmosphere and take home a piece of Normandie with tasty treats such as French bread, pastries, crepes, fresh fruit, olives, and garlic.
Visitors to Lé Viaër Marchi, or old market in Saumarez Park, may feel as though they are stepping back in time and can expect to see spinners, woodworkers, lacemakers, willow whittlers and skep makers in action, dressed in traditional costume and showcasing how Guernsey men and women used to live (87p stamp).
Fishing remains a vital industry for the island and freshly caught fish and seafood is found in abundance, from common Bass to the famous Guernsey ormer. The thriving Fish Market (£2.42 stamp), which operated from a covered market hall in the upper end of Fountain Street, was once an important part of the island’s history; fishermen would bring their silver-skinned catch of the day to sell to locals and visitors alike. This stamp carries the logo of SEPAC, the Small European Postal Administration Cooperations, and forms part of a joint stamp issue, also entitled ‘Traditional Markets’. (£2.42 stamp).
Today, Market Square, which was built in the 1770s (£3.85 stamp), is the location for the island’s Fresh Friday Market and offers an abundance of traditional produce, street food and arts and crafts. The market traders who pitch up in the lively hub of Market Square offer a wide range of produce including fruit and veg, fresh fish, pickles, jams and Guernsey reared pork, as well as street food.
The stamp products are available to order at www.guernseystamps.com or by calling Philatelic Customer Services on +44 (0) 1481 716486.