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For this type of fdc "Benham" would arrange for the covers to be signed by the person depicted which they sold at a premium. I am unaware how many of these fdcs were signed:
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Benham Silk fdc signed by Richard Meade.
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Royal Mail All The Queen's Horses fdc postmarked at the Philatelic Bureau, Edinburgh.
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The horses are:
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St. Patrick (Royal Mews) 20p stamp, Thompson (Household Cavalry) 26p stamp
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Janus (Household Cavalry) 43p stamp, River Star (Royal Mews) 63p stamp
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Since at least the 16th Century, the Royal Family have been using horse drawn carriages to attend private & public events. On 20th November 1947, the famous Glass Carriage conveyed the future Queen Elizabeth II to Westminster Abbey accompanied by riders from the Household Cavalry.

In 1997, the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen & His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, another Golden Anniversary is marked. In 1947 two equestrian organisations combined to form the British Horse Society & Her Majesty The Queen is the patron of the Society.
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On 8th July 1997, Benham Silk fdcs, of Folkestone Kent, produced a limited edition fdc of 2500 for "All The Queen's Horses" the subject of the cachet. The cover is postmarked at Badminton with a pictorial postmark of a horse jumping a fence.
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Queen Elizabeth II developed an interest in horse racing in 1947 when the Aga Khan gave her a filly as a wedding present. It was named Astrakhan & won at Hurst Park in 1949. She purchased a steeplechaser called Monaveen also in 1949 but when injured in a race she lost interest in jumps racing & concentrated on flat racing.

The Queen was not just a horse owner, she also became a professional horse breeder. Her first major success came when Aureole won the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in 1954. She was the leading owner in 1957 with 30 wins. In 1977 she topped the winning breeder's list.

Queen Elizabeth has been the Patron of the Badminton 3 day event & had the 1955 event transferred to Windsor.
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All The Queen's Horses autographed editions fdc signed by Lucinda Green M.B.E:
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Autographed Editions fdc from Badminton to Watford
signed by Lucinda Green.
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Autographed Editions is not part of the Badminton cds postmark
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Badminton cds postmark instead of Badminton horse jumping pictorial postmark
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Autographed Editions - unknown number produced.
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Lucinda Green MBE (née Prior-Palmer, born 7 November 1953) is a British equestrian and journalist who competed in eventing. She is the 1982 World Champion and twice European Champion (1975–77). She also won World team Gold (1982), three European team golds (1977, 1985, 1987) and an Olympic silver medal in the team event in 1984. Between 1973 and 1984, she won a record six times at the Badminton Horse Trials (on six different horses). She also won the Burghley Horse Trials in 1977 and 1981.

Green began riding at the age of four and is most well known for winning the Badminton Horse Trials a record six times, on six different horses: Be Fair (1973), Wideawake (1976), George (1977), Killaire (1979), Regal Realm (1983) and Beagle Bay (1984). In addition, she was placed second on Village Gossip (1978). She has also won the Tony Collins Trophy, awarded to the British rider with the greatest number of points in eventing in a season, a record seven times.

In 1984, Green attended Badminton, and not only won for the sixth time, on Beagle Bay, but also placed fifth on Village Gossip. Later that year, at the Los Angeles Olympics, she represented the silver medal British Team and individually placed 6th. Green was team GB's flag bearer at the opening ceremony in Los Angeles, leading the British team into the arena during the parade of nations.
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BigSaint wrote:Autographed Editions is not part of the Badminton cds postmark
Not quite sure what you mean by this. The wording 'Autographed Editions' is indeed part of the special postmark used to cancel these covers - and many, many others sold at a hefty premium to subscribers and now available at a discount to others.
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Thank you for that clarification Ian. I thought the covers were postmarked by the British Post Office with the cds & that "Autographed Editions" had been applied separately later on.

No wonder these fdcs are so expensive.

I see eBay UK has 151 of them for sale now, fortunately no horse racing ones I don't have. :)
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BigSaint, as a special thank you for your esteemed assistance, tomorrow, when we get back from the Mt. Gravatt stamp fair, I am going to ask for Puffin's assistance to post and Isle of Man FDC. It features a few racehorses from there, especially Red Rum and a post script(on the back of the envelope), from Sir Peter O 'Sullivan, a rather famous UK race-caller. He was knighted for services to the racing industry and broadcasting. I hope you are pleased with the gesture.
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norvic wrote:
BigSaint wrote:Autographed Editions is not part of the Badminton cds postmark
Not quite sure what you mean by this. The wording 'Autographed Editions' is indeed part of the special postmark used to cancel these covers - and many, many others sold at a hefty premium to subscribers and now available at a discount to others.
Here's another, which was lucklily in the first Postmark Bulletin that I opened.

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Although postmarks cannot be used for commercial advertising (Woolworths, ICI, Aviva, etc) they can have the name of the sponsor of the postmark (cost = £200+VAT for non exclusive use).
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Next we will take a "Ride To Banbury":
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Ride To Banbury - 28th Janury 1964 to Bow, London.
Banbury Oxon CDS added to cancel stamp as slogan cancel missed.
Banbury is an historic market town on the River Cherwell in Oxfordshire, England. The town is situated 64 miles northwest of London, 37 miles southeast of Birmingham, 27 miles south-by-southeast of Coventry and 22 miles north-by-northwest of the county town of Oxford. It had a population of 46,853 at the 2011 census. Banbury is home to the world's largest coffee-processing facility (Jacobs Douwe Egberts), built in 1964. The town is also famed for Banbury cakes.

The name Banbury derives from "Banna", a Saxon chieftain said to have built a stockade there in the 6th century (or Ban(n)a possibly a byname meaning 'felon', 'murderer'), and "burgh" meaning settlement. The Saxon spelling was Banesbyrig. The name appears as "Banesberie" in Domesday Book. Another known spelling was 'Banesebury' in Medieval times.

A horse racing meeting was first held at Banbury in 1720 with the final meeting there held on 24th April 1929. The principal races held here were the Banbury Stakes, Banbury Steeplechase, Warden Hill Stakes, Banbury Cross Local Chase & Banbury Sweepstakes.

The addressee was a keen collector of horse racing slogans although I am not convinced that the closure of the racecourse was the reason for this slogan.
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As explained previously from the early 1900s to the mid-1960s, most major towns had their own slogan postmark which contained a number. In the case of Banbury it was 46, within a triangle. Of course it was impossible to know the exact date of posting unless another date stamp was applied:
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Ride to Banbury - to Ilford Essex.
There are references that infer the "Ride To Banbury" had nothing to do with horse racing but related to an old nursery rhyme.

A popular version of the rhyme is below but there are many other versions:

Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross,
To see a fine lady upon a white horse;
Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
And she shall have music wherever she goes
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There is much discussion of the identity of the "fine lady". Some say she was Celia Fiennes the sister of Viscount Fiennes who lived at Broughton Castle, Banbury. Others say she was Queen Elizabeth I or Lady Godiva of Coventry.

However I am not convinced that the nursery rhyme is the reason for this slogan.
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Ride To Banbury:

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Ride To Banbury - 1st November 1963 to Wimbledon Common, London.

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Ride to Banbury - 3rd December 1963 to North Banbury, Oxon.
Ride to Banbury - 3rd December 1963 to North Banbury, Oxon.

At one time Banbury had many crosses (the High Cross, the Bread Cross and the White Cross), but these were destroyed by Puritans in 1600. Banbury remained without a cross for more than 250 years until the current Banbury Cross was erected in 1859 at the centre of the town to commemorate the marriage of Victoria, Princess Royal (eldest child of Queen Victoria) to Prince Frederick of Prussia. The current Banbury Cross is a stone, spire-shaped monument decorated in Gothic form. Statues of Queen Victoria, Edward VII and George V were added in 1914 to commemorate the coronation of George V. The cross is 52 feet 6 inches high, and topped by a gilt cross.

It would seem to me that this is the most likely reason for this slogan postmark, the completion of the cross. However as the earliest date I have seen is 1st November 1963, it is 104 years after it's completion rather than the "Centenary". So I am still not convinced.
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Next we catch up with Ralph Allen in Bath.

Bath is the largest city in the county of Somerset, England & known for its Roman built baths, with a population of about 90,000. Bath is in the valley of the River Avon, 97 miles west of London & 11 miles south-east of Bristol.

The city became a spa with the Latin name Aquae Sulis ("the waters of Sulis") circa 60 AD when the Romans built baths and a temple in the valley of the River Avon, although hot springs were known even before then.

Bath Abbey was founded in the 7th century & became a religious centre. In the 17th century, claims were made for the curative properties of water from the springs, & Bath became popular as a spa town in the Georgian era. Georgian architecture, crafted from Bath stone, includes the Royal Crescent, Circus, Pump Room & Assembly Rooms where Beau Nash presided over the city's social life from 1705 until his death in 1761. Jane Austen lived in Bath in the early 19th century.

Bath is home to the Bath Racecourse, a thoroughbred horse racing venue located on Lansdown Hill, about 3 1⁄4 miles northeast of Bath. It is owned and operated by Arena Racing Company. The racecourse is anti-clockwise oval track of 1 mile 4 furlongs and 25 yards. At 780 feet above sea level, Bath is Britain's highest flat racecourse, although National Hunt courses Hexham and Exeter are higher.

Racing was first recorded at Bath in 1728. In 1811, the first major meet at Bath Racecourse was held, under the auspices of a local family, the Blathwayts. Originally there was just one meeting a year at the course, lasting for two days, but gradually over the years, the number of meetings increased to its present level of twenty-two. In the early years, the Somerset Stakes was the major race of the calendar, & this race is still held annually. There were a number of grandstand buildings in those days and people used to watch the races from their carriages, lined up beside the track.

In 1953, Bath Racecourse was the site of a criminal plot surrounding the "Spa selling plate". Having two horses that looked almost identical, the gang substituted a good horse for a poor one. They bet heavily on the substituted horse & damaged the power supply to the racecourse, which prevented the bookmakers from changing the odds which remained at 10-1. The horse won the race & the gang would have profited highly had not racing officials become suspicious & called in Scotland Yard. The gang were subsequently brought to justice. Sounds like shades of Fine Cotton here in Australia.

In 2015/16 the racecourse facilities underwent a significant redevelopment & investment programme, funded by the Arena Racing Company. The new Langridge Grandstand opened in July 2016.

The notable races here are the Lansdown Fillies' Stakes & the Beckford Stakes. The Dick Hern Fillies' Stakes until 2010 (now run at Haydock Park).
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Souvenir cover from the Pump Room, Bath, Somerset to London - 29th June 1964.
PPP 477t type 274.
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While Bath is a racing town, the postmark celebrates the Bicentenary of the Death of Postal Pioneer, Ralph Allen of Bath.

Ralph Allen (1693 – 1764) was an entrepreneur & philanthropist, & was notable for his reforms to the British postal system. Allen took control of the Cross & Bye Posts in the South West under contract with the General Post Office & reformed the postal service. He found mail was being delivered without being declared & this was lost profit. He introduced a "signed for system" that prevented the malpractice & improved efficiency by not requiring mail to go via London. He took over more of the English postal system & it is estimated that he saved the Post Office £1,500,000 over a 40-year period. :)
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Off to Bedfordshire now.

Bedfordshire is a county in the East of England. It is a ceremonial county and a historic county, covered by three unitary authorities: Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, and Luton. The first recorded use of the name in 1011 was "Bedanfordscir," meaning the shire or county of Bedford, which itself means "Beda's ford" (river crossing).

Bedfordshire is bordered by Cambridgeshire to the east and northeast, Northamptonshire to the north, Buckinghamshire to the west and Hertfordshire to the southeast and south. It is the fourteenth most densely populated county of England, with over half the population of the county living in the two largest built-up areas: Luton (population about 258,000) and the county town, Bedford (population about 107,000) where TV show "Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em" was filmed.

Bedford Racecourse was a former horse racing venue in Bedford, England. In 1811, it held the first steeplechase over manufactured fences in front of a crowd of 40,000 spectators. Fugitive won beating Cecilia over a three mile course in which four 4ft 6in fences were each jumped twice. It was hosting two annual meetings by 1840. It is not clear when the track closed.

The Bedfordshire Show Saturday July 17 is a bit of a puzzle with no references that I can find to it other than the slogan cancel described in Parsons, Peachey & Pearson (Collecting Slogan Postmarks), "PPP". Apparently horse jumping was a feature of the Show :
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Bedfordshire Show, Bedford to Rugeley, Staffordshire, England - 4th July 1965.
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PPP 566t type 347 used from July 4 to 17, so this one is first day of use.
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The Bedfordshire Show returned in 1966:
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Bedfordshire Show, Bedford to Reading Berkshire - 16th July 1966.
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PPP 671t type 424 used from July 3 to July 16 so this is last day of use.
Parsons, Peachey & Pearson (Collecting Slogan Postmarks) do not record a usage of this slogan cancel in 1967.
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Bedford County Show, Shuttleworth. Held in the beautiful grounds of Shuttleworth the Bedfordshire County Show is a show case of town meets country. The Show combines entertainment and fun with the opportunity to try different sports and activities. The show boasts a wealth of attractions designed to cater for the whole family.
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The last entry I can find is 2014 and there are no (obvious) entries for the local press. Apparently now replaced by the Bedfordshire Country Show, although this is listed for 2012.

I suspect its demise is due to Bedfordshire's increasing urbanisation. The Royal Norfolk Show, on the other hand > https://royalnorfolkshow.rnaa.org.uk/
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Thank you for that Ian. I am finding the reasons for some of these slogans of the 1960's have fallen into obscurity.

With the "Centenary of the Blaydon Races" I thought it best to explain there were actually races there before the song was written, hence I reproduce this article from the Chronicle:
On this day 100 years ago, the last ever Blaydon Races were abandoned - here's why
Horse races at Blaydon - as featured in the famous Geordie anthem - last took place on September 2, 1916.
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The Blaydon Races, by William Irving, 1903
Most of us will have sung - for better or worse - the Blaydon Races at one time or another.

As we’ll all know, the Geordie anthem was written by the Victorian-era, Gateshead-born music hall performer Geordie Ridley.

Its rousing verses and chorus immortalise an eventful coach journey from Newcastle to the horse race on the other side of the River Tyne on June 9, 1862.

The song was first performed at Balmbra’s in Newcastle’s Cloth Market as a tribute to Tyneside rowing hero, Harry Clasper.
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Balmbra's, Cloth Market, Newcastle, 1964
Since then, the song - the unofficial anthem of Newcastle United - has made the small town of Blaydon, ironically in Gateshead, famous around the world.

These days, of course, the Blaydon Race is a popular 5.6-mile road race - first run in 1981 - between Newcastle and Blaydon, but what happened to the horse race commemorated in the song?

It was on this day 100 years ago, in fact, that the last Blaydon Races were held.

The races had begun in 1861 on a circular island - a mile in circumference - in the Tyne called Blaydon Island, and known locally as Dent’s Meadow.

By 1887 they had moved to Stella Haugh, (from the early 1950s the site of Stella South power station).

The vibrant 1903 painting - the Blaydon Races - by artist William Irving vividly captures the excitement of the Victorian carnival and, indeed, depicts some eccentric Tyneside “characters” of the era, including the likes of Cuddy Billy from Rowlands Gill, Gull Willie of Newburn, and Cushy Butterfield.

In the later decades of the 19th century and into the 20th, crowds flocked to the Blaydon Races.
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Blaydon Races centenary celebrations, Newcastle, June 9, 1962
Even, in 1916, as World War I raged, permission was granted to hold the event as long as a large donation was given to the British Sportsmen’s Ambulance Fund.

More than 4,000 punters attended day one of the races, but come the following day - September 2 - all hell broke loose.

There were suspicions races were being rigged and when the heavily-tipped nag, Anxious Moments, was disqualified after winning by six lengths a full-scale riot broke out.

In the absence of many police, members of the crowd went on the rampage, smashing up the weighing house and throwing equipment into the Tyne.

And that, it turned out, was to be the end of the famous Blaydon Races...
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/history/day-100-years-ago-last-11832044
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Blaydon is a town in the North East of England in the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead - historically in County Durham. Blaydon, and neighbouring Winlaton, which Blaydon is now contiguous with, form the postal town of Blaydon-on-Tyne. The Blaydon/Winlaton resident population in 2011 was 13,896.

Between 1894 and 1974, Blaydon was an urban district which extended inland from the Tyne along the River Derwent for ten miles, and included the mining communities of Chopwell and High Spen, the villages of Rowlands Gill, Blackhall Mill, Barlow, Winlaton Mill and Stella, as well as Blaydon and Winlaton. During its existence, the Urban District's fourteen and a half square miles constituted the second largest administrative district by area, on Tyneside, after Newcastle upon Tyne.

The town of Blaydon is essentially an industrial area and is not more than two centuries old. Indeed, in the 1760s there was little here but a few farms and cottages. In the latter part of the same century a smelting works was set up from which sprang the industrial growth of the area. Historically Blaydon was a major railway hub for both passenger and freight services, as it occupied an important geographical position in relation to Newcastle-upon-Tyne and which could be reached across the Scotswood Railway Bridge. Blaydon served as the Eastern terminus of the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway (N&CR) when the first section (to Hexham) was opened in March 1835. The current line that runs through Blaydon is the Tyne Valley Line of the National Rail network.

The Blaydon area is the origin of the well-known traditional song "Blaydon Races", written by local musician and showman George 'Geordie' Ridley in 1862. The town's athletic club - the Blaydon Harriers - organise a road running race (called the Blaydon Race) every year on 9 June. The route of the race follows the route outlined by Ridley in his song. The traditional starting point lies outside Balmbra's pub in Newcastle's Bigg Market, and the race follows a course along Scotswood Road before crossing the River Tyne and ultimately finishing in Blaydon town centre.

The town's proximity to Newcastle upon Tyne, as well as links such as Geordie Ridley's Blaydon Races, has meant that most locals support Newcastle United.

Centenary of Blaydon Races, Blaydon-on-Tyne Co. Durham:
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Blaydon-On-Tyne to Leigh Lancashire - 19th May 1962
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PPP 363 type 195 used at Blaydon-On-Tyne & Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (2 types) from 19th May to
9th June 1962, so the example shown above is first day of use & the one below last day of use.
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Blaydon-On-Tyne to Southgate London - 9th June 1962

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The Blaydon Races:

The earliest mention of horse racing in Blaydon was on Shrove Tuesday 1811 when there was racing at Newburn Haughs for a plate of £12. The race course was on a stretch of ground alongside the river called the ‘Guards’ or the ‘Sands’, however when the first Blaydon railway station was built on this land in 1835 racing at Blaydon ended.

But a day at the races is too good to lose and the races were revived in 1859, and of course the railway made travel to Blaydon so much easier. It was such a success that an official meeting was organised for 1861. Early June was becoming Tyneside’s unofficial holiday week. The Northumberland plate staged on the Town Moor was a racing classic – the Blaydon races were more fun and rarely graced by ‘The Fancy’. The new race course was on ‘Blaydon Island’ which was about a mile in circumference, level and oval in shape and for the first time the fixture was listed in the British Racing Calendar, which put it on an official basis. Buses with outside seats ran every hour from Newcastle and steamers brought passengers from North & South Shields. From the railway quay there was frequent service of ferry boats bringing the railway passengers to the course.

In 1862, the arrangements were much the same as the previous year. On the morning of the 9 June 1862 the weather was bright and warm with huge crowds using the trains and omnibus companies to get to Blaydon. The races were due to start at 2.30pm, but a tremendous downpour deluged the course and there was difficulty in getting the horses across to the course due to the sudden rise in the river-level. When racing eventually commenced nothing very exciting happened with the favourites winning every race.

The races carried on till 1865, when they were discontinued. They were revived again in 1887 but by then the course of the Tyne had been and Blaydon Island was no more, so the new venue was Stella Haughs. In 1870 the Jockey Club had passed a rule that no meeting could be recognised if it did not have a minimum £300 in prize money. There was no way a small race course such as Blaydon could raise that amount, so the meetings were unauthorised but still attracted large crowds. Horses and jockeys entered under assumed names to avoid detection, as many of them also wanted rides at races under Jockey Club rules.

A 2 day meeting was arranged for 1 & 2 September 1916. Most meetings were cancelled during the first world war. Armstrong’s was then a munitions factory and thousands were employed there. Over 4000 people attended and the first day was a great success. On the 2nd day, in the first race, a horse called ‘Anxious Moments’ was heavily backed to win. This horse was running under an assumed name it was known as “Impediment” under jockey club rules! It romped home 6 lengths in front. But an objection was lodged against the winner, the objection was sustained – the jockey couldn’t make his weight – and a riot broke out among the miners and munitions workers furious when the winner was disqualified. One bookie had to jump into the Tyne to escape the angry hordes. The weighing house was smashed and lots of equipment was thrown in the river, the bar was broken up and they finished off by setting fire to the stand!

So that was the last of Blaydon Races.

So if it wasn’t for Geordie Ridley and his famous song Blaydon Races would have sunk into obscurity like so many other minor provincial racecourses. The old Victorian Town Centre, the old pubs and the Mechanics Institute are no more, but, Blaydon and Blaydon Races continue to thrive and be known throughout the world.

The Centenary of the Blaydon Races - Newcastle-Upon-Tyne A
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Newcastle-Upon-Tyne to Totnes, Devon - 24th May 1962
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Newcastle-Upon-Tyne to London - 31st May1962.
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The Centenary of the Blaydon Races - Newcastle-Upon-Tyne B
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Newcastle-Upon-Tyne to Felixstowe Suffolk - 19th May 1962 (first day of use)
Ian Hine was large collector of slogan cancels & you will regularly see his name on this thread
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Newcastle-Upon-Tyne to Chippenham Wiltshire - 21st May 1962.
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Newcastle-Upon-Tyne to Kingston-On-Thames, Greater London - 21st May 1962.
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To round the Blaydon Races out, you just need to know the song.

"Blaydon Races" is a Geordie folk song written in the 19th century by Geordie Ridley, in a style deriving from music hall. It is regarded by many as the unofficial anthem of Tyneside[citation needed] and is frequently sung by supporters of Newcastle United Football Club and Newcastle Falcons rugby club.

Here are the lyrics:

Aa went to Blaydon Races, 'twas on the ninth of Joon,
Eiteen hundred an' sixty-two, on a summer's efternoon;
Aa tyuk the 'bus frae Balmbra's, an' she wis heavy laden,
Away we went 'lang Collin'wood Street, that's on the road to Blaydon.

Chorus:
Ah me lads, ye shudda seen us gannin',
We pass'd the foaks alang the road just as they wor stannin';
Thor wis lots o' lads an' lassies there, aal wi' smiling faces,
Gannin' alang the Scotswood Road, to see the Blaydon Races.

We flew past Airmstrang's factory, and up to the "Robin Adair",
Just gannin' doon te the railway bridge, the 'bus wheel flew off there.
The lassies lost their crinolines off, an' the veils that hide their faces,
An' aw got two black eyes an' a broken nose gannin' te Blaydon Races.

(chorus)

When we gat the wheel put on away we went agyen,
But them that had their noses broke they cam back ower hyem;
Sum went to the Dispensary an' uthers to Doctor Gibbs,
An' sum sought out the Infirmary to mend their broken ribs.

(chorus)

Noo when we gat to Paradise thor wes bonny gam begun;
Thor was fower-an-twenty on the 'bus, man, hoo they danced an' sung;
They called on me to sing a sang, aa sung them "Paddy Fagan",
Aa danced a jig an' swung my twig that day aa went to Blaydon.

(chorus)

We flew across the Chain Bridge reet into Blaydon toon,
The bellman he was callin' there, they call him Jackie Broon;
Aa saw him talkin' to sum cheps, an' them he was pursuadin'
To gan an' see Geordy Ridley's concert in the Mechanics' Hall at Blaydon.

(chorus)

The rain it poor'd aall the day an' mayed the groons quite muddy,
Coffy Johnny had a white hat on – they war shootin' "Whe stole the cuddy."
There wis spice stalls an' munkey shows an' aud wives selling ciders,
An' a chep wiv a hapenny roond aboot, shootin' "Noo, me lads, for riders."

(chorus)

The song is now usually sung with more modern language but retaining the Tyneside dialect. For example the chorus might be sung:

Oh! me lads, ye shud a' seen w'us gannin,
Passin' the folks alang the road just as they were stannin'.
Aal the' lads and lasses there, aal wi' smiling faces,
Gannin' alang the Scotswood Road to see the Blaydon Races.


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Off to Brighton (East Sussex) now.

Brighton is a seaside resort in the county of East Sussex. It is a constituent part of the city of Brighton and Hove, created in 2001 from the formerly separate towns of Brighton and Hove. Brighton is located on the south coast of England, positioned 47 miles south of London with a population of around 290,000, the 44th largest district in England).

Archaeological evidence of settlement in the area dates back to the Bronze Age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon periods. The ancient settlement of "Brighthelmstone" was documented in the Domesday Book (1086). "Brighton" was originally an informal shortened form, first seen in 1660; it gradually supplanted the longer name and was in general use from the late 18th century, although Brighthelmstone remained the town's official name until 1810. The town's importance grew in the Middle Ages as the Old Town developed, but it languished in the early modern period, affected by foreign attacks, storms, a suffering economy and a declining population. Brighton began to attract more visitors following improved road transport to London and becoming a boarding point for boats travelling to France. The town also developed in popularity as a health resort for sea bathing as a purported cure for illnesses.

In the Georgian era, Brighton developed as a fashionable seaside resort, encouraged by the patronage of the Prince Regent, later King George IV, who spent much time in the town and constructed the Royal Pavilion in the Regency era. Brighton continued to grow as a major centre of tourism following the arrival of the railways in 1841, becoming a popular destination for day-trippers from London.

Brighton has a 5.4-mile expanse of shingle beach, part of the unbroken 8-mile section within the city limits. Neighbouring Hove is known for its hundreds of painted timber beach huts, but brick-walled chalets are also available on Brighton seafront.
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There is always something on at Brighton & Hove - 1964 to South Australia.
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Brighton Racecourse is an English horse racing venue located a mile to the northeast of the centre of Brighton, Sussex owned by the Arena Racing Company.

The track is situated on Whitehawk Hill, a mile from the coast & takes the form of a horseshoe one and a half miles in length. This makes it one of the few British courses not to form a complete circuit, like Epsom with which Brighton is sometimes compared. It is a left-handed (anti-clockwise) course, used for flat racing only. The longest race run today is 1½ miles. However, the course used to extend a further half mile across the golf course towards Roedean. This made four mile races possible, starting at the winning post and going the reverse way round the track, then looping at the two mile start and returning the conventional way.

The Duke of Cumberland organised the first public racing at the current site in 1783 although racing had been taking place in Brighton from before 1713. According to legend, George IV, when still Prince of Wales, invented hurdle racing at Brighton while out riding with aristocratic friends. They found some sheep pens which they proceeded to jump.

The course was home for a while to top class racing, and was attended by fashionable society, but it drifted out of fashion when the Prince and his friends ceased to attend. By 1850 the railway had arrived in Brighton, allowing greater access for Londoners, and the course began to thrive again. A new stand was built and the Brighton Cup inaugurated.

Crowds rose to over 20,000 in the period following World War II. At the time, grandstands existed on both sides of the home straight. In the 1960s, the course held a Derby Trial. No runners went on to win the Derby, but two won the St. Leger.

Today, Brighton is one of the smaller racecourses in Britain in terms of the quality of racing and prize money offered. In 2012/13, its average prize money per meeting was £26,349. Only Southwell, Chepstow and Folkestone (now closed) offered less. The main event is the Brighton Mile Challenge Trophy Handicap, sponsored by John Smith’s since 2003. In 2012, Brighton hosted meetings on 18 days.

Prominent racehorse owner, Sheikh Mohammed, had his first winner at Brighton racecourse on 20 June 1977 when his filly Hatta, trained by John Dunlop, won the £968 Bevendene Maiden Stakes.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai. This cover was for his accession following the death of his brother in 2006. Apologies if the stamps below look fuzzy but it is not a fault with the scan. These are lenticular stamps which when tilted back & forth show different images:
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United Arab Emirates fdc - 2/12/2006.
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Top American jockey, Steve Cauthen also reached a milestone at the course - winning his 1000th British race on odds on favourite Picnicing on 5 August 1987.
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USA Kentucky Derby fdc issued 10th May 1974 signed by Steve Cauthen
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Brighton were later with their racing slogan cancels & appear only in 1976.

They were different in that their slogan covered multiple race meetings where in those shown so far, Ascot were meeting specific & Ayr mentioned no meeting at all.
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Brighton & Hove, East Sussex to Osterley Middlesex - 17th May 1976.
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PPP 2781 type 1836
Enjoy A Day at Brighton Races
April 13, May 11-12-25-27.
Parsons, Peachey & Pearson state that it was used from 1 April to 26 April (standard - occasional April dates) then late April to 26th May (transposed 2781t) with two dies being used.

With the dark coloured stamp the date was very difficult to read but I am pretty sure it is 17th May 1976. :)
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Brighton & Hove, East Sussex to Sevenoaks, Kent - 27th May 1976 (first day of use).
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PPP 2822t type 1868.
Enjoy A Day at Brighton Races
June 21-22-30, July 1-8.
This slogan was used from 27 May to 7 July & four dies were used.

D. Wilson, the addressee here, was another dealer/collector of these slogan postmarks & you will see more covers addressed to him scattered around the thread as we continue. :)
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A later example of PPP 2822t type 1868, but a better impression this time:
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Brighton & Hove, East Sussex to Statham, Lymm, Cheshire - 21st June 1976.
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A triple impression:
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Brighton & Hove, East Sussex to Sevenoaks, Kent - 13th July 1976 (fdi).
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PPP 2850t Type 1884
Enjoy A Day at Brighton Races
August, 3-4-5, 18-19-24.
This slogan was used from 13 July to 23 August & four dies were used.
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Sussex Coast A1 to Swanage, Dorset - 22nd September 1976.
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PPP 2871 type 1898
Enjoy A Day At
Brighton Races
October 5
A transposed slogan was used from August 24 to August 31 while the standard slogan shown above was used from September 1 to October 4. It was used at Brighton with "Brighton & Hove" town die, but changed to "Sussex Coast", as shown above from September 20.

This was the last of the Brighton horse racing slogans covering 17 race meetings, so it would appear Brighton gained an extra meeting since 1976.

Although I have shown you all of the catalogued Brighton horse racing slogans, I still have some varieties to find. These slogans seem to be relatively scarce among the different tracks as these are the only examples I have seen.

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For the record Brighton was the only place in the UK to use Transorma machines for mechanised letter sorting, with identities applied to processed mail as shown on your original cover.
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Thank you Ian & Burning Front.

Will post some more tonight when I am back at home. :)
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As stated previously on this thread, on 5th July 1978, the British Post Office issued a set of horses stamps (SG #1063 to #1066) & here they are at Brighton.

They were the Shire Horse 9p (SG #1063), Shetland Pony 10½p (SG #1064), Myrlyn Cymreig Welsh Pony 11p (SG #1065) & Thoroughbred 13p (SG #1066).
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Traffic Light Gutter pair of Thoroughbred 13p stamp
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Horses British Post Office fdc with set of 4 stamps postmarked with
Brighton - Sport of Kings pictorial postmark.


They were designed by Patrick Oxenham & printed in photogravure by Harrison & Sons Ltd on unwatermarked, coated, phosphor treated paper. Format is 41 x 30 mm, perforations 15 x 14 & 100 stamps per sheet.
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I was a little bit surprised to find US "Fleetwood" fdcs for Great Britain stamps but it would appear they were in business here for at least a dozen years.

Their usual format (downunder in Australia & perhaps in England too) was to produce a fdc for each single stamp in a set & another with the complete set.

In the case of Brighton, it would appear only the 13p Thoroughbred made it down to Brighton:
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And as usual the reverse gives some details of the stamp issue:
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Fleetwood (which was the business name of the Unicover Corporation of Wyoming USA at this time) commenced making covers in 1929, with their first fdc in 1941. Their covers are always branded with the Fleetwood Insignia & have a linen-finish paper & usually have a narrative on the reverse. Mystic Stamp Company acquired Fleetwood in 2007.

I don't know how many fdcs Fleetwood produced for this Horses issue but all I can say it I haven't seen many.

A Fleetwood fdc with the complete set of horses affixed will appear when we make it over to Epsom. :)
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BigSaint wrote:Their usual format (downunder in Australia & perhaps in England too) was to produce a fdc for each single stamp in a set & another with the complete set.
Correct - and as always with UK (not England!!) FDCs, there is no demand here for single-stamp covers save in very exceptional circumstances. I haven't seen Fleetwood in any collection here, but they do appear in US and Canadian sales websites.
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That is the same in Australia Ian, very few collections include Fleetwood covers. They were not marketed here.

It was only when eBay came to Australia that Australian fdc collectors became aware of their existence.

Here is the complete set of Fleetwood fdcs for the 1978 Horses of Britain issue. They are postmarked at different places & this was why I only showed the thoroughbred for Brighton:

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Shire Horse 9p - Peterborough horseshoe pictorial first day of issue
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Shetland Pony 10½p - Philatelic Bureau Edinburgh first day of issue
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Welsh Pony 11p - Aberystwyth Wales cds first day of issue
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Thoroughbred 13p - Brighton, The Sport of Kings pictorial
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Horses of Britain, set of 4 - Epsom, Home of the Derby horse pictorial


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The Welsh Pony & Cob Society of Aberystwyth, Wales, also made it over to Brighton:
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with insert
"The Welsh Pony"
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The Welsh Pony & Cob Society of Aberystwyth, Wales with other postmarks for the Horses of Britain issue:
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Posted by Welsh Pony Express - Aberystwyth Wales cds first day of issue.

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700th Anniversary of the Cinque Ports Hythe Kent horse pictorial postmark,
addressed to the Benham Stamp Shop, Hythe, Kent.
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Cotswold Covers of Marshfield, Chippenham, Wiltshire, also came over to Brighton:
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"British Horses"

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Cotswold Covers of Marshfield, Chippenham, Wiltshire with an alternative postmark for the Horses of Britain issue:
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Peterborough horseshoe pictorial first day of issue
For the superstitious people among us, the horse shoes should be turned the other way, so they look like a cup & will hold our luck in, like so:
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Turned the way of the actual postmark our luck will run out. :)
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For clarification and education, until 1999 there were usually two First Day of Issue pictorial postmarks, one from the Philatelic Bureau (later Tallents House) Edinburgh, and one from 'another place' which was either relevant by association or by a darned-awful pun, like Barking, Essex, for dogs.

At the same time all Head Postmasters had changeable date FDoI handstamps for local processing, the ones in Wales being bilingual. The size changed over the years. These two categories were the only ones with the words First Day of Issue.

From 1999 Head Postmasters were provided with copies of the 'other location' postmark, so covers posted anywhere in the UK apart from Wales could be cancelled with a postmark inscribed with the name of a town hundreds of miles away! The ones provided to Welsh offices were the same design but inscribed bilingually. Although these are not normally sought after, most collectors of topical/thematic postmarks are unaware of the Welsh version, which could therefore provide a scarce addition to their collection/display especially with the back story. It also explains why, for instance, there are Welsh-language inscriptions on postmarks from places as diverse Greenwich, Plymouth, Belfast(!), Glasgow, Norwich etc.

From a date I can't recall the local handstamping function was taken away from HPOs and all covers posted locally were supposed to be sent on to the regional Special Handstamp Centres in pouches, to be returned to collectors under cover.

Postmark sponsorship - I don't know when it started - meant that organisations and individuals (and increasingly stamp dealers and first day cover producers) could pay to have a postmark produced to their design within laid down size limits, usually circular but not always. These could NOT include the words First Day of Issue and should not include any advertising, but some later ones do include the name of the sponsor cover producer. There use was non-exclusive, ie their existence is published and anyone can have a cover - first day stamps or not - cancelled with this handstamp - see Geoff's 'Commemorative covers and postmarks' thread.
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Thank you Ian for that explanation & clarification. :)
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Brighton Races:
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Thoroughbred 13p - Brighton, The Sport of Kings pictorial, addressed to Hove.
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Official Lessees First Day Cover which the insert explains is the Race Club.
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Insert card with "Historical Notes on Brighton Racecourse":
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Brighton Races, this time with the set of 4 horse stamps:
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Both addressed to Brighton
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I haven't seen too many of these covers but with these two addressed to Brighton & the one in the previous post addressed to Hove, perhaps they were sold only to Racing Club members or attendees :)
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Brighton & Hove Greyhound Stadium is a greyhound racing track located in the Hove Park area of the city of Brighton and Hove, East Sussex and is owned by the Gala Coral Group. The first race to be held at the track known as the Hove Sports Stadium was the Hove Stakes and took place on 2 June 1928. 'Costs' the 7-4f won the 525 yards race. Originally the track was primitive with the hare being wound around the course by hand and it took ten years of racing before electric lighting was installed. A hand operated tote was installed in 1932 but suffered from the government ban on tote betting the same year until the 1934 Betting and Lotteries Act reversed the ban.

Brighton greyhound Ballyregan Bob trained by George Curtis became a household name after breaking the world record in 1986 by winning 32 consecutive races. One year later the stadium became the last course in Britain to remove their turf surface changing to all-sand. Today the track remains one of the premier venues in the country and attracts some of the best trainers in the country.

Initially I thought the cachet on this cover was the same track at that of the Brighton Races in the previous posts but the horse racing track & the greyhound racing track are two separate venues.

However I will still show you this cover as I have only ever seen two of them & it coincided with the British Dogs issue of 7th February 1979.
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Unknown cachet for the Coral Brighton & Hove Stadium with the 9p Old English Sheepdog.
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The only other example I have seen is currently on eBay with a hefty price tag of £45 with all 4 dogs from the set of stamps.
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Back to the Brighton Horse Racing next. :)
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As stated earlier on this thread, on 6th June 1979, the British Post Office issued a set of horse racing stamps (SG #1087 to #1090).

The stamps were based on famous horse racing paintings:
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Horses Racing British Post Office fdc with set of 4 stamps postmarked with
Brighton - first day of issue cds postmark.
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9p Saddling Mahmoud for the Derby 1936 (SG #1087)
10½p The Liverpool Great National Steeplechase 1839 (SG #1088)
11p The First Spring Meeting Newmarket 1793 (SG #1089)
13p Racing at Dorset Ferry Windsor 1684 (SG # 1090)
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Another cover addressed locally to Brighton. :)
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U.K.1979 F.D.C. Horseracing, for BigSaint's approval
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I prefer to collect UK, British Commonwealth esp Pacific area ( not excluding West Indies/Canada ) and Western Europe. At the bottom of my zone of interest is Eastern Europe and communist countries.

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A few posts above I showed this cover which had the "Universal" logo on the reverse:
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I received an email from Stampboarder, & avid cricket collector, The Nightwatchman who wrote:
The logo belongs to A. Melville-Brown the proprietor of Stamp Publicity Ltd.

Mel, as he was called, was the leading producer of UK cricket covers. He was associated with David Kirby for decades.

He did many covers for other organisations including the Marylebone Cricket Club and Soldier Organisations.

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Thank you Noel for your advice that Stamp Publicity Ltd prepared this cover on behalf of the Race Club. There are a "few" more of Stamp Publicity Ltd covers to come, including "The Come Racing" series. :)
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Re: My English, GB & UK Horse Racing Cover Collection.

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BigSaint wrote:The only other example I have seen is currently on eBay with a hefty price tag of £45 with all 4 dogs from the set of stamps.
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According to Bradbury's catalogue 2010 edition this is priced at £50. On his website it is sold out with no indication of price.

Incidentally this is a good page for your horses: https://www.bfdc.co.uk/1979/horse_racing/?sid=428
Ian Billings - Norvic Philatelics GB stamps info: https://blog.norphil.co.uk, NPhilatelics on twitter, www norphil.co.uk, shop.norphil.co.uk for our e-commerce site [currently closed for the duration]

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Crikey Ian, if I could achieve those prices for the collection I am showing here I would indeed be rich.

Looks like there are only a couple there I don't have. Thank you for the link. :)
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Back to Ascot for a recent eBay acquisition.

Ascot Races September 26 & 28:
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From Ascot to Leeds, Yorkshire - 15th August 1974.
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PPP 2484t Type 1633 used from 28th July to 28th September.
And for those like me who misread this slogan as September 28 & 29, here is the copy from Parsons, Peachey & Pearson:
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Parsons, Peachey & Pearson record 18 slogan cancels for Ascot Races & I list them below.

The ones highlighted in blue below I have never seen.

1973:
Ascot Races Heinz Day April 7th - PPP 2156t, type 1404
Ascot Races Nov 16th 17th - PPP 2322t, type 1525
Ascot Races SGB Day Dec 15th - PPP 2336t, type 1537
1974:
Ascot Races Blue Circle Day Jan 12th - PPP 2360t, type 1550
Ascot Races Whitbread Trial Day Feb 13th - PPP 2372t, type 1559
Ascot Races April 4th - 6th - PPP 2379t, type 1563
Ascot Races Royal Ascot June 18th - 21st - PPP 2410t, type 1581
Ascot Races Diamond Day July 27th - PPP 2462t, type 1620
Ascot Races Sept 26th - 28th - PPP 2484t, type 1633
Ascot Races Bovis Day Oct 12th - PPP 2530t, type 1672
Ascot Races Nov 15th & 16th - PPP 2540t, type 1678
Ascot Races SGB Day Dec 14th - PPP 2557t, type 1688
1975:
Ascot Races April 10th to April 12th - PPP 2592t, type 1704
Ascot Races Royal Ascot June 17th to June 20th - PPP 2615t, type 1718
Ascot Races Diamond Day July 26th - PPP 2670 & 2670t, type 1762

Ascot Races Sept 25th to Sept 27th - PPP 2691t, type 1780
Ascot Races Bovis Day Oct 11th - PPP 2722t, type 1803
Ascot Races Nov 14th & 15th - PPP 2732t, type 1809.


While this list is complete per the catalogue, I do think is strange there are no slogans for the race meetings in 1973 between April & November. All meetings appear to be covered in 1974 but Blue Circle Day, Whitbread Trial Day & SGB Day appear to be missing in 1975.

Perhaps a little more research is needed. :)
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