Celebrating 225 years of The Times newspaper

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Isle of Man Post Office marks the 225th anniversary of The Times newspaper by commemorating some of the most significant events of recent history reported in this world famous publication.

The Times dates back to 1788 and has covered every news story in history. All the headlines reproduced in this unique new stamp issue, in association with The Times newspaper, capture the drama and immediacy of particular news events flashed across the world.

People of a certain age vividly remember where they were when they heard the news that President Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas, Texas in November 1963. They can recollect the excitement and pride as England won the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final, dramatically beating West Germany 4-2 in extra time, at the Old Empire Stadium.

People can still talk about watching in awe remarkable television pictures of American Apollo XI astronaut Neil Armstrong stepping down onto the surface of the Moon in July 1969. Residents in the Isle of Man recall with particular pleasure going to a post office and buying the first postage stamps issued by their new independent Postal Authority, in July 1973.

Each one of these key moments in history are featured on the stamps as well as two other significant occasions when the supersonic airliner Concorde retired from service in 2003 after 27 years of service and Her Majesty the Queen’s state visit to the People’s Republic of China in October 1986 when she was shown the iconic Great Wall of China.

The six Newspaper Headlines have been carefully selected and these stamps will appeal to a wide variety of thematic collectors from those interested in aviation, American history, royalty, space, football and postal history.

Maxine Cannon, General Manager, Isle of Man Stamps & Coins said:

“Residents of the Isle of Man, stamp collectors and non-collectors alike from countries throughout the world will find something of interest in this engaging Newspaper Headlines set of stamps. People in the Isle of Man over a certain age will well remember going to a post office and buying the first commemorative and definitive stamps issued by the new independent Postal Authority, in July 1973, 40 years ago.”

Please visit our website at www.iomstamps.com to find out more about our Newspaper Headlines collection of stamps and products and to pre-order.

Isle of Man Stamps & Coins – London 2012 Olympic Games Collectables

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Our London 2012 Olympic Games Paul Smith Designed Merchandise. Please click the image to see our product video.

To order please click here:

http://www.iompostoffice.com/stamps/Issue.aspx?productid=1003&categoryid=211

 

 

 

Enduro star David Knight MBE features on new 50p coin

David Knight & Dot Tilbury

David Knight & Dot Tilbury

Four times World Enduro Motorcycle Champion and Manx motorcyclist David Knight MBE features on a new Isle of Man 50p coin.

Click here to watch our exclusive video with David Knight talking about the coin to Dot Tilbury.

The coin was launched at Postal Headquarters with a visit from David Knight and his Enduro motorcycle. The legal tender 50p coin is presented in a fantastic special pack featuring a genuine piece of ‘knobbly’ tyre supplied to Isle of Man Post Office by David himself – both items are safely encapsulated in a clear vacuum.

David, who was born and bred in the Isle of Man, has been World Enduro Champion four times and the coin shows him on his Enduro Motorcycle. The main objective of the sport is to arrive at different check points at a designated time over courses that are, typically, over thick wooded terrain including large obstacles such as logs, ditches and perilous sudden drops – to be World Champion requires instinctive bike handling skills, courage and years of dedication.

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Commenting on the coin David Knight said: “I feel very proud to be on a Manx coin and have my motorcycle achievements recognised, it’s a big honour. I will be carrying a few of these coins in my pocket to the rounds next year in the hope they will bring me some luck!

The collectable coin pack contains the story of David’s career to date along with images of the motorcycling star. It is priced just £15 and will make a perfect present for any sporting fan this Christmas. You can buy it online at www.iomstamps.com or visit Regent Street Post Shop, Douglas.

Peter Kennaugh Signing

Peter Kennaugh and young fan

Peter Kennaugh and young fan

Here’s some pictures of Manx Olympic Gold Medallist, Peter Kennaugh‘s Stamp signing session down at the Isle of Man Sea Terminal which happened on Sunday 23rd Sept 2012.  The event was a roaring success and was organised by The Isle of Man Post Office.

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Signing

Peter Kennaugh Meeting The Manx Public

Peter Kennaugh Meeting The Manx Public

Manx Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Kennaugh and Mirella Annis, marketing assistant, Isle of Man Stamps & Coins

Manx Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Kennaugh and Mirella Annis, marketing assistant, Isle of Man Stamps & Coins

 Team GB Manx Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Kennaugh

Team GB Manx Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Kennaugh

Busy Crowd

Busy Crowd

Peter Kennaugh with Mirella Annis and Dot Tilbury

L-R Peter Kennaugh with Mirella Annis, marketing assistant and Dot Tilbury, general manager both from Isle of Man Stamps & Coins

Gold medallist Peter Kennaugh Exclusive Signing 23/09/2012, Sea Terminal, Douglas, Isle of Man,11.00am – 12.00pm

Peter Kennaugh Gold Medal and Postbox

Paul Smith Olympics Gold Medal Winners SheetLondon 2012 Olympic Games Gold medallist Peter Kennaugh will be exclusively signing limited edition Gold Medal Winners Stamp Sheets, which will be on sale at the Sea Terminal, this Sunday (September 23) between 11.00am and 12.00pm through the Isle of Man Post Office.

 Fans of the Manx-born Olympic cyclist will have a unique opportunity to meet their sporting hero and get a piece of history signed as in celebration of the success of Peter and his team mates Steven Burke, Edward Clancy and Geraint Thomas in the Men’s Team Pursuit last month, Isle of Man Post Office has produced a Gold Medal Winners Sheet in a limited edition of 2012 only.

The sheet features the cycling stamps of Isle of Man Post Office’s London 2012 Olympic Games stamp issue, designed by world-renowned fashion designer Sir Paul Smith, along with images of Peter and his team mates taking part in the dramatic race which saw the Great Britain team set a new world record time of 03:51.659.

Peter became the first Manx-born Olympic Champion to win an Olympic gold medal since Sidney Swann, who was part of Great Britain’s rowing eights team at the 1912 Games in Stockholm.

Dot Tilbury, General Manager Isle of Man Stamps & Coins said: “We are delighted Peter is able to do an exclusive signing of Gold Medal Winners Stamp Sheets for us this Sunday. It’s the ideal opportunity for people to meet our Manx cycling hero and get his autograph at the same time. Peter will be available for just one hour only from 11am till midday in the Sea Terminal, Douglas, so don’t miss out. The Isle of Man is immensely proud of Peter’s achievement and I’m sure crowds of people will come along to congratulate him especially as the event coincides with Shoprite’s Cycle for Life charity event which is based at the Sea Terminal on Sunday and is always a marvellous event.”

*The signing will go ahead even if the Cycle for Life should be cancelled due to bad weather.

Limited edition Gold Medal Winners Sheets, just 2012 copies, can be purchased at the Sea Terminal on Sunday morning priced £10 each or in advance from Regent Street Post Office, Douglas or online at www.iomstamps.com

Men’s Team Pursuit Gold Medal Winners Sheet

Paul Smith Olympics Gold Medal Winners Sheet

Men’s Team Pursuit Gold Medal Winners Sheet

 Isle of Man Post Office is delighted to issue a Gold Medal Winners Sheet in celebration of the success of the Men’s Team Pursuit in the London 2012 Olympic Games, which saw Manx-born Peter Kennaugh as part of the team. Just 2012 numbered sheets will be printed.

Peter Kenanugh, along with team mates Steven Burke, Edward Clancy and Geraint Thomas  won the gold medal in a dramatic race in which they set a new world record time of  03:51.659. Team GB were tipped as the favorites and confirmed this position in qualifying.

Peter is the first Manx-born Olympic Champion since Sidney Swann, who was part of Great Britain’s rowing eights team at the 1912 Games in Stockholm.

The Gold Medal Winners Sheet features the cycling stamps of Isle of Man Post Office’s London 2012 Olympic Games stamp issue, designed by world-renowned fashion designer Sir Paul Smith, along with images of Peter and his team mates taking part in the race.

Less than 24 hours after he rode to victory in the team pursuit, Peter arrived back on the Isle of Man to a hero’s welcome.  A huge crowd cheered as he walked through the arrivals area of the Isle of Man Airport holding his gold medal. Peter also joined in with an impromptu rendition of the Island’s national anthem followed by an emotional speech in which he expressed his thanks for the reception. He held his gold medal aloft which prompted an enormous cheer from the crowd that included fans of all ages. He spent an hour signing autographs and having his photograph taken and passed his gold medal to fans – much to the delight of the many children who turned up to meet their hero.

The Winners Sheet priced £10.00 including free world-wide delivery, can be ordered now for delivery from www.iomstamps.com

Adam Wright

Adam Wright with Poster
We recently interviewed Isle of Man based Adam Wright, who was asked to help out at the Archery events at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Please see the interview below:
IOM Stamps: How did you get involved in with the London 2012 Olympics? 
Adam Wright: Steven Taylor who is an Archery Coach in the UK was putting together a team of young games makers for the archery event to carry arrows from the targets back to the archers. Steven Taylor then contacted the Isle of Man Archery Club and asked if they had anyone between ages 16 and 18 who would be able to go to London and Peter and Joy at the archery club asked me if I wanted to do it and I said I could so they put my name down and I was chosen to take part in the Olympics.

IOM Stamps: What was the experience like?

Adam Wright: The experience was very good to see all of the world class archers and the sort of equipment they used and a stadium full of people all very excited about watching the shooting.

IOM Stamps: How did it feel to be part of the event?

Adam Wright: It was exciting to be part of such a massive event and it was an experience that I will never forget as I was very proud to take part.

IOM Stamps: What did you enjoy most?

Adam Wright: The thing that I enjoyed the most was getting to see the archers shoot and being part of the atmosphere in Lord’s

IOM Stamps: Would you volunteer again?

Adam Wright: I would volunteer again as it was a great experience and I was very proud to be part of it.Adam Wright detailsMy age: 16MY interest in archery: shooting at the Isle of Man Archery Club