Sunday, March 13, 2005

'Stamp collecting is not dying out'

STAMP collectors have criticised an auctioning firm for claiming the hobby is dying out in the area. Experts from Stanley Gibbons recently visited the Moat House, in Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, to appraise collections belonging to people in the city.

They bemoaned the lack of youngsters willing to take up the hobby, because they are more interested in playing computer games and watching DVDs. However, members of the Peterborough and District Philatelic Society said it is premature to think the past-time is on the wane.

Bill Pile, club spokesman, said: "Without collectors like ourselves, Stanley Gibbons would be out of business."It is true there are fewer young people interested. "That's a shame because even a passing interest in stamps would teach children some of the geography and history of the countries they have been collected from."

Secretary of the club, Alan Berrisford (66), said the hobby's main problem is getting youngsters to take it up.He said: "It is difficult to get youngsters involved but it is not necessarily an older person's hobby."But I think the future of stamp collecting is secure at the moment."

The Peterborough and District Philatelic Society currently meets at Peterborough Museum in Priestgate, Peterborough city centre on the first and third Thursday of every month, between September and June.This year, the club is celebrating its 75th anniversary by holding a stamp auction day and a club open day later on in the year.The club also holds regular talks by experts.

At the moment, the club has 66 members but is appealing for people of all ages to join.
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