The Mark Tait Postcard Trophy went to Jake Coltman with a display entitled ‘Teribus ye Teri Odin,’ using 24 cards of the Common-Riding in the early 1900s. Runner up was George Burney with ‘Birds of Iceland,’ a celebration of the fauna of the region featuring owls, thrush, eagles and ducks. In third place with ‘German Patriotic Postcards 1914-18’ was Victor Denovan. This series depicted soldiers, their sweethearts and family, intended to stir the public’s feelings of patriotism and pride. Fourth place went to Betty Burney with ‘Bulgaria: a history of Nessebar.’ Using both old and modern cards, this showed the settlement situation in the east of the country on the Baltic coast.
The Fairbairn Millennium Trophy, a stamps-only competition in a particular theme, also went to Jake Coltman with his ‘Masterpieces in Miniature,’ using stamps from around the world featuring the Old Masters, Impressionism, Expressionism and religion. Runner-up was Betty Burney with ‘Flowers of Germany.’ The north-west of the country has a mild climate, the Baltic coastline cooler and to the south more continental, giving rise to a wide variety of flora.
Guests for the evening were Ben Morozzo and his father John, the youngster being one of a group of Trinity School pupils participating in a dinnertime stamp club under the instruction of president Isobel Scott and Jake Coltman.