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New Manx Worthies Stamp Issue - Launch Day 8 August 2008

The Isle of Man Post Office in association with The Manx Heritage Foundation were pleased to host a reception at Post Office Headquarters at midday on Monday 28th July to launch the New Manx Worthies stamp issue based on the book of the same name.

The Post Office Philatelic Bureau had the unenviable task of choosing 10 characters from the vast collection of biographies contained within the New Manx Worthies Book. The final 10 stamp designs reflected a wide cross section of Manx life during the 20th Century...

The characters included: Dr Dorothy Pantin, a perfect choice as the Island celebrates 50 years of the National Health Service, John Nicholson who designed the first regional postage stamps and Deemster Ramsey Johnson, the agricultural reformer who also associated with the Royal Manx Agricultural Society.

Presentations were made to associations and people connected to the stamp design by Isle of Man Post Office Chairman Alan Crowe MLC. Mr Crowe thanked the Manx Heritage Foundation for their perseverance in bringing the publication to fruition after many years of dedicated research by Dollin Kelly and all the contributors.

• The stamps will be available for sale from the 1st August 2008 at Isle of Man Post Office counters or via our web site www.iomstamps.com

• If you would like to purchase the New Manx Worthies book copies are available at most bookshops on the Island or direct from the MHF at www.manxheritage.org

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