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Visit to World Scout Jamboree a success 4 September 2007

Demand for Centenary of Scouting stamps and memorabilia was phenomenal when the Philatelic Bureau of Isle of Man Post Office visited the World Scout Jamboree at Hylands Park in Essex with scouts from around the globe queuing daily to get their hands on the centenary products.

The World Scout Jamboree was held to mark 100 years of scouting and during the event Isle of Man Post Office was appointed as the Jamboree’s official post office representing Royal Mail and various other administrations.

As well as producing a stamp issue celebrating 100 years of scouting, Isle of Man Post Office also issued special first day covers for the closing and opening ceremonies of the Jamboree, including a special cover to mark HRH Prince William opening the event.

Dot Tilbury, Philatelic Bureau Manager, of Isle of Man Post Office, said:

“Within hours of setting the Post Office up ready for business, we were mad busy with customers from morning till night. It was fantastic but we couldn’t have done it without the help of the local scouts, led by Mike Southall and the group of scout volunteers who came from all over the world. By the time they left the Jamboree, they knew more about the Isle of Man than we did! The comradeship shone through and we were honoured to be part of the whole celebration.”

She added:

“Visiting the World Scout Jamboree was a fantastic opportunity for Isle of Man Post Office to fly the flag for the Isle of Man and promote its stamps and coins.”

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