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88th Annual Congress

21-22nd April 2017 at the Dewars Centre, Perth

Hosts: Lanarkshire Philatelic Society

The 88th Congress held by the Association of Scottish Philatelic Societies was held in Perth during the 21st and 22nd April where Lanarkshire Philatelic Society played host for the two days, and Alan Wishart presided as President.

As hosts for the event Lanarkshire Philatelic Society, who are celebrating their 50th Anniversary, produced a Cover and a Postcard to mark the event.


The theme for the Congress cover commemorates the Cameronians Regiment in 1917.


The Congress postcard was Lanarkshire postmarks.

Congress Cancellation:

In agreement with Royal Mail a congress cancellation will be produced and this is shown above.

An example of the Congress cover complete with cancellation is shown below.

Post & Go:

Royal Mail yet again supplied two of their Post & Go machines, kiosks A012 and A014, for the event and a Congress overprint was available from both machines.
'88th Scottish
Congress 2017'

Kiosk A012 printed the Thistle (from the Symbolic Flowers Set) and the Machin.

Kiosk A014 printed the Thistle (from the Symbolic Flowers Set) and the Heraldic Lion.

There were Guest Kiosk or Smiler Sheets available

Tom Rielly Display:

On Friday night the Tom Rielly display was given by Dr. Brian Dow.
Details of the display can be found in the Tom Rielly section of the website or by clicking here.

Civic Reception & Congress Dinner:

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 where the guest of honour was Major Farquharson of the Cameronians Regiment. 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.

McConnell Medal:

The McConnell Medal was awarded to Alan Watson for his long standing service to philately at both club, society and National level. Alan received his medal from Alan Wishart, president of ASPS. Below is a picture of Alan Watson receiving his McConnell Medal from President Alan Wishart.

Award of Merit:

The recipient of an ASPS Award of Merit this year was Alexander McCulloch from Kirkcudbright P.S.

Election of New President:

At the AGM held on Saturday 22nd April delegates elected Richard Cuthbertson from Scottish P.S. to be President of ASPS and Robert Watt from Largs & District Stamp Club as the new Vice President.
Below is a picture of outgoing President Alan Wishart (on the right) handing over the chain of office to Richard Cuthbertson.

Future Congresses

Congress Host(s) Dates
89 Scottish Philatelic Society 20-21st April 2018
90 Largs & District Stamp Club 12-13th April 2019
91 Perth Philatelic Society 17-18th April 2020

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