It was Presidents Night at a meeting of the Chesterfield Philatelic Society at the Bonsall Court, common room, Newbold.
Ken Clarke’s chosen subject was “60 Years of Collecting”. He said his collecting had begun in 1947 when a school friend offered Ken some stamps for helping him with his maths homework and that was that beginning of a lifetime’s interest in anything connected with the postal services of the world.
The first set on display was very set of the Royal Visit to South Africa issued in 1947, which Ken had received from his friend. There followed numerous sets from his favourite collecting subjects, Aircraft on Stamps, The Story of Manned Flight, Stamps of Malaya.
After refreshments, it was US Airmails and Routes, and very interesting display of old postcards dating from 1905 describing a journey around local scenes, commencing in Clay Cross, Chesterfield (Horns Bridge) and on through the Chatsworth Estate. Ken said he had visited all of these places over the years. The vote of thanks was given by the acting president, Mike Inger. Ken received a certificate of appreciation and the thanks of the members.