Post Office celebrations receive stamp of approval from McGuiness and Dunlop

Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness and Isle of Man Post Office Chairman Geoff Corkish MBE MLC

Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness and Isle of Man Post Office Chairman Geoff Corkish MBE MLC

The racers who have dominated the opening of the 2013 Isle of Man TT have given their stamp of approval to two special products from the Isle of Man Post Office commemorating their incredible performances.

Honda TT Legends racers John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop met Isle of Man Post Office Chairman Geoff Corkish MBE MLC and Isle of Man Stamps and Coins General Manager Maxine Cannon at the TT Grandstand on Tuesday during a break from racing to have their first glimpse of the new products.

One is a portrait print measuring 210mm x 260mm which celebrates the outright lap record set by John on the final lap of Sunday’s Dainese Superbike race. Although he missed out on the win, John took some consolation from increasing the record to 131.671mph. The print features a photo of John in the race by Stephen Davison, with the Joey Dunlop tribute helmet, leathers and livery, a stamp from the 2009 Honda 50 years at the Isle of Man TT collection and a TT Grandstand postmark of June 2nd, 2013, the date of the race. Commentary on the reverse of the print is provided by motorsport journalist Kyle White.

The second product is a genuine piece of tarmac taken from the Mountain Course at the Ramsey Hairpin accompanied by a photo of Michael Dunlop on his way to a dominant victory in Sunday’s Superbike race. It was his first ‘big bike’ TT win and the start of an amazing TT which continued on Monday with wins in both the Supersport and Superstock races. Just 750 pieces will be available.

John said: “During the Superbike race I made a mistake in the pit stop, that was my fault, so the absolute lap record was a bit of a consolation. But I’m proud to have done it, especially in the Joey Dunlop colours, and I would have been really disappointed if I’d got nothing out of it.

“When you win, your name goes on the trophy and that can never be taken away. Lap records aren’t the same, because someone else could take them away. I’ve held the outright lap record here for many years, and while it’s the wins I’m after, I’m always proud to be the fastest and I’m delighted the Post Office has commemorated my lap on Sunday liken this, so it has gone down in history.”

Mr Corkish presented two pieces of Michael Dunlop Ramsey Hairpin tarmac at the Grandstand; piece number 1 to Honda and piece number 6 to Michael, recognising the race number he carried in the Superbike race.

Michael said: “Everything has been going good, the results have been coming and everyone has been really good to me. It’s always nice to be recognised for what you are doing out there, so I’m really pleased my Superbike win has been marked like this.”

Mr Corkish said: “The TT is a major part of Island life and is growing every year, you just have to look at the thousands of fans who are here and the many more thousands of fans following the action from around the world.

“Sunday’s Superbike race was filled with drama, and after watching Michael storm to victory and John smash the lap record in the way he did, we felt we simply had to commemorate the incredible performances of both. I’m delighted John and Michael were able to find time today in what must a truly hectic schedule to join us in launching these two important new products, which I know TT fans and collectors all over the globe will want.”

The Michael Dunlop “Ramsey Hairpin” tarmac, costing £4.50 (limited edition of 750) and John McGuinness print, costing £12.50, can both be purchased from the Regent Street Post Shop in Douglas, Joey Dunlop Foundation stand behind the TT Grandstand or online at http://www.iomstamps.com.

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Post Office & Joey Dunlop Foundation join forces at the Isle of Man TT Grandstand

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The Joey Dunlop Foundation, an Isle of Man Registered charity, has joined forces with the Isle of Man Post Office for the Isle of Man TT Festival.

Isle of Man Post Office has issued special celebration products for Joey Dunlop’s achievements at the TT in collaboration with Honda, and also a 90th birthday sheet to celebrate Geoff Duke’s illustrious career.

Kevin Quirk, Trustee of the Joey Dunlop Foundation said: “We are delighted to have teamed up with the Post Office to promote these very special items in addition to our own Joey Dunlop memorabilia and motorcycle tombola which is synonymous with the TT. We were at the North West 200 in the paddock area and will be at the back of the TT Grandstand during TT fortnight. The stand will be run by Joey Dunlop Foundation volunteers and we hope to see friends old and new.”

Maxine Cannon, General Manager, Isle of Man Stamps and Coins, added: “For many years the Isle of Man Post Office has supported the TT with a retail presence and our association with the Joey Dunlop Foundation will ensure this continues for many years to come. The charity’s specialist accommodation at Braddan Bridge is a wonderful holiday complex that caters for people with a wide range of disabilities. With plans to construct two extra apartments by TT 2014, a huge amount of income needs to be generated in 2013 to ensure both the construction and equipping of the apartments. The support of all Joey Dunlop and in particular TT fans is paramount to its continued success.

“We have worked with Honda and Joey’s family on the new product and we are delighted to have one of Joey’s red trademark t-shirts, kindly donated by the family, which forms part of the limited edition Joey folder. The limited edition is 300 and they are selling fast – there’s only one T-shirt so we cannot repeat the collection. Don’t forget all our products are also on sale at Regent Street Postshop in Douglas town centre, just off the promenade”

To view the Geoff Duke and Joey Dunlop special products and to order now please visit the website.

Tribute to Robin Gibb CBE

Tribute to Robin Gibb CBE

Robin Gibb Stamps and Sheets

Tribute to Robin Gibb CBE

The wonderfully colourful, fascinating and showbiz life of singer and songwriter Robin Gibb CBE is celebrated through a new set of stamps reflecting on this legendary Manxman and coincides with the posthumous release of Robin’s album ‘50 St Catherine’s Drive’ later this year.

Described as one of the best white soul voices ever, Robin Gibb is one of the Isle of Man’s most famous citizens. Although worldly known as a member of the Bee Gees along with his two brothers, Robin also carved an impressive solo career. Starting with Robin’s Reign in 1970, Robin created a distinctive body of work separate from the usually more famous Bee Gees recordings.

In the early 1980s, when the Bee Gees took a well-earned hiatus from group activity, Robin pursued his solo work with three more albums (How Old Are You?, Secret Agent and Walls Have Eyes). Award-winning director and producer David Leaf provides the accompanying text to this issue and describes Robin’s last piece of music – The Titanic Requiem, which was composed and created by Robin and his son Robin John. He says on hearing an advance copy of this monumental work he thought “if this was to be Robin’s last musical effort, it was one worthy of his legend.”

Spirit of Love – Tribute to Robin Gibb CBE

Robin will be remembered as a songwriter, a singer, an artist, a man whose slender physique was underscored by his immense determination, personal strength, courage and spirit of love. Robin’s voice was so unlike anything else that graced the radio, timeless and yet somehow, decade after decade, in tune with the times so that he made anything he sang simultaneously sound contemporary classic, epic and now, sadly mythic.

Throughout their career, nobody could figure out where the Bee Gees were from. Some fans were certain they were Australian. Others would say England. When asked, Robin never hesitated, he would answer sweetly and proudly that he was from the Isle of Man.

50 St Catherine’s Drive – Tribute to Robin Gib CBE

Robin’s last solo record, recorded in 2008/9 and due for release later this year, 50 St Catherine’s Drive was given that name by Robin to commemorate his first home on the Isle.

Please visit our website at www.iomstamps.com to find out more about Robin Gibb – 50 St Catherine’s Drive collection of stamps and products and to pre-order.

New stamps celebrate our nationality

Three Legs Mint Set

New stamps have been issued that feature the most recognised symbol on the Isle of Man – the Three Legs of Man. This national emblem can be seen everywhere on the Island from buildings and monuments to chocolate bars and tattoos. But what is the origin of this unusual emblem, Isle of Man Post Office reveals all.

For upwards of a thousand years and probably more, the Three Legs of Man has been the symbol of Manxness yet the origin remains uncertain. In Ireland, stylistic spiral three legs were carved in stone in Neolithic times.

Throughout the world the mythology of threes has played a significant role, notably in India, China, Korea, ancient Greece and Rome – and among native North Americans. It should not be surprising therefore to note that the Manx Parliament consists of three divisions – the House of Keys, Legislative Council and Tynwald. Nor the fact that the ancient open-air Tynwald ceremony at St John’s used to occur to greet the rising sun on Midsummer’s Day. The three-legged symbol, which indicated rotary movement, was regarded as representing the three-spoked wheel of the sun god’s chariot as it crossed the sky.

The Three Legs of Man is often known as the triskele and throughout the Island it can be found in a variety of places however not always consistently the same. Some turn correctly to the right, others the left; some kneel as if acknowledging the supremacy of nearby England or Scotland and some are on tip toe, implying fleetness of foot.

A Latin motto accompanies the Island’s Three Legs of Man ‘Quocunque Jeceris Stabit’ which emphasises the Island’s resilience. Translations have varied – Wheresoever you cast it, it will find its feet or Whithersoever you throw it, it will stand, but the meaning has remained clear: no matter how ‘storm-tossed’ the Island might be, it can survive.

Look out for a competition coming very soon on the Isle of Man Stamps & Coins Facebook page where you can take part in a quiz to try and identify the locations of the Three Legs of Man emblems which feature on the new stamps. The winner will receive a bumper gift pack of this colourful issue.

Please visit our website at www.iomstamps.com to find out more about the Three Legs of Man collection of stamps and products and to order.

APPEAL FOR PHOTOS & MEMORABILIA OF ROBIN GIBB DURING HIS ISLE OF MAN CHILDHOOD

Robin Gibb

Do you have photographs, memorabilia or memories of Robin Gibb CBE living in the Isle of Man during his early childhood? If so, Isle of Man Post Office would like to hear from you.

Next month a set of eight new stamps will be issued which reflect the legendary solo career of Robin Gibb CBE. As part of the launch of the issue, Isle of Man Post Office would like to collate photos and any memorabilia Islanders may have of one of the Isle of Man’s most famous citizens.

Dot Tilbury, General Manager of Isle of Man Stamps & Coins, said: “I’m sure there are
some people who remember the Gibbs living in their home on the Island at 50 St Catherine’s Drive in the early 1950s. We would love to find any photographs from this time which would add an extra something special to this stamp issue and hear first-hand memories from this bygone time. If you have something to contribute, please contact us before 10th April.”

Anyone who can help with this appeal for photos and memorabilia of Robin Gibb CBE should contact Lucy Webster-Thompson on 698492 or email lucy.webster-thompson@iompost.com

MAXINE CANNON TO TAKE OVER THE REINS FROM DOT TILBURY

Isle of Man Stamps New Manager

Maxine Cannon 

Isle of Man Post Office is delighted to announce the appointment of Maxine Cannon as General Manager of Isle of Man Stamps & Coins from April 2. Maxine will take over from Dot Tilbury who retires from the role in May.

Maxine joined Isle of Man Post Office in 1981 and has worked in Stamps & Coins throughout this time, latterly as Sales and Marketing Manager. She has extensive expertise in the Stamps & Coins business and will bring enormous enthusiasm to her new role. Maxine’s intention is to build on the achievements of Isle of Man Stamps & Coins, gained over the past 15 years through Dot Tilbury’s leadership.

On her forthcoming appointment Maxine said: “I’m grateful to my colleagues past and present in all areas of the business and at every level for their help, advice and good humour over the years, which has enabled me to reach this stage in my career and for making it possible to follow on from Dot.”
She added: “As we move past our 40th anniversary milestone, knowing that Isle of Man Stamps and Coins has the support of a worldwide customer base and an extensive network of top ranking suppliers, researchers and contributors, both on and off Island, gives me great confidence for the future.”
Dot Tilbury has headed up the division for the last 15 years and has been instrumental in producing creative and topical stamp issues which have been seen around the world. Dot has been with the business since 1975, giving 38 years of loyal and dedicated service to Isle of Man Post Office. She will retire in May, allowing for a smooth transition of responsibilities to Maxine.

Dot Tilbury & Sir Paul Smith

Dot Tilbury & Sir Paul Smith

Dot Tilbury said: “I can honestly say that I have had the best job in the world as Manager of Isle of Man Stamps & Coins. However, none of that would have been possible without Maxine’s invaluable knowledge and assistance. I am so delighted she is to take over the reins and that with the support of the wonderful team in the Department, she will ensure that Isle of Man Stamps and Coins will continue to be successful.”

Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly, Chief Executive, Isle of Man Post Office described Dot’s retirement as an end of an era and Maxine’s appointment as a new chapter for Isle of Man Stamps & Coins.

He said: “We are enormously grateful for the all that Dot has contributed towards the success of Isle of Man Stamps & Coins over the years and we are confident that Maxine is the best person to take the business forward to build on those successes.”

We Have A Guest!

Iris

We are happy to have a guest worker here in IOM Stamps for the next two weeks! Iris Green, Post Mistress of Tristan da Cunha (a remote volcanic group of islands in the south Atlantic Ocean), is working with us to build on her experience and learn new skills!

Coronation of HM Queen by Isle of Man Post Office

Coronation of HM Queen by Isle of Man Post Office

Coronation of HM Queen by Isle of Man Post Office

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Mirella of Isle of Man Stamps & Coins presents to you a set of stamps to mark the sixtieth anniversary of Queen Elizabeth the Second at Westminster Abbey. A range of philatelic collectables are available and perfect for the collector of British Monarchy memorabilia.

Isle of Man Constabulary Stamps MT TV Interview

Isle of Man Constabulary Stamps Video

Isle of Man Constabulary Stamps Video

This video was released on MT TV about our IOM Constabulary 150th anniversary stamps! http://ow.ly/hBrE1