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89th Annual Congress

20-21st April 2018 at the Dewars Centre, Perth

Hosts: Scottish Philatelic Society

The 89th Congress held by the Association of Scottish Philatelic Societies was held in Perth during the 20th and 21st April where the Scottish Philatelic Society played host for the two days, and Richard Cuthbertson presided as President.

On the Saturday Morning of Congress a joint meeting between the Glasgow Thematic Society and the British Thematic Society.

As hosts for the event Scottish Philatelic Society, who were celebrating their 125th Birthday, produced a Cover, Postcard, Labels and a Smiler Sheet to mark the event. The theme for this congress was 125 Years of Scottish Philately.

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The design (approved by Royal Mail) features GB stamps from the six reigns with Scottish thistle and lion stamp motifs together with the Scottish Philatelic Society emblem.


The front features assorted images of GB stamps issued during the six reigns covering the last 125 years, together with the Scottish Philatelic Society emblem. Although the current stamp images are still under copyright, approval has been given by Royal Mail for the design of this postcard. On the reverse is a brief summary of the Scottish Philatelic Society.

Smiler Sheet:

1st Class Scotland Saltire stamp with first Scottish Philatelic Society emblem of 1902 . The Smiler Sheet will be available by pre-order only for pick up at Congress


A special sheet of nine labels commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Scottish Philatelic Society has been produced based on the 1913 Philatelic Congress of Great Britain (organised by the Scottish Philatelic Society) with an image of the Scott Monument, Edinburgh. Only 50 sheets have been printed.

Post & Go

The association produced a Cinderella Post & Go stamp.

Strips could be printed with either the Congress Overprint or with an emoji of your choice.

The Postal Administrations of Jersey, Guernsey and Gibralter attended this year and the following Post & Go Strips were available.

Jersey Flag and Navy Vessels Guernsey Flag and Flowers Gibraltar Year of Dog & CCPA

The Congress overprint was available on the Jersey and Guernsey flags as well as the Gibraltar Year of the Dog Strips.

'89th Scottish
Congress 2018'

Tom Rielly Display:

On Friday night the Tom Rielly display was given by Stephen Weir.
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 Lord Provost Dennis Melloy 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 ex President of the Royal Philatelic Society of London, Frank Walton RDP, FRPSL. 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.

Award of Merit:

The recipient of an ASPS Award of Merit this year was Gordon Shepherd from Uddingston Stamp & Postcard Club.

Election of New President:

At the AGM held on Saturday 21st April delegates elected Robert Watt from Largs & District Stamp Club to be President of ASPS and Colin Caskie from Perth Philatlic Society as the new Vice President.
Below is a picture of outgoing President Richard Cuthbertson (on the right) handing over the chain of office to Robert Watt.

Future Congresses

Congress Host(s) Dates
91 Perth Philatelic Society 17-18th April 2020

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