The 84th Congress held by the Association of Scottish Philatelic Societies was held in Perth during the 19th and 20th April where ALBA Stamp Group played host for the two days, and Mike Turnbull presided as President.
As hosts for the event ALBA Stamp Group produced a Cover and a Postcard to mark the event.
The group decided that as this Congress coincided with the centenary of the opening of Edinburgh Zoo then both a cover and a postcard celebrating this event would be appropriate.
The postcard would celebrate The King James Authorised Bible depicting a selection of common phrases from the bible in use today.
In agreement with Royal Mail a congress cancellation was produced.
For the first time in Scotland Royal Mail supplied two of their Post & Go machines, kiosks A3 and A4, for the
event and a Congress overprint was available from both machines.
On Friday night the Tom Rielly display was given by Robin Sherman who is a past President of the
Scottish P.S., The Edinburgh P.S. and the Lothian Postcard Club.
Details of the display can be found in the Tom Rielly section of the website or by clicking here.
Following the Tom Rielly display a civic reception hosted by Lady Provost Liz Grant was held in the Dewars Centre which was very well attended.
Following the civic reception the Congress Dinner was held which was then followed by the award
ceremony. The National Exhibition competition winners were awarded their
trophies and this was followed by the awards of Association honours for services to philately.
The trophy winners can be viewed on the palmares pages of the website.
There were three recipients of an ASPS Award of Merit this year.
Eric Mason from Scottish P.S., Alan Blakeley from Caledonian P.S. and Brian Dow from ALBA Stamp Group.
At the AGM held on Saturday 20th April delegates elected Dr. David Kindley from the Scottish Postal
History Society to be President of ASPS and Jean Osborne from Flakirk & District P.S. as the new
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