Stamp of ap­proval for talk

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Hoops’ Guests - Ian Bunt­ing

La­nark­shire Philatelic So­ci­ety mem­bers were taken on a trip to Poland dur­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s lat­est meet­ing.

Frank Baran pre­sented a dis­play on the eastern Euro­pean coun­try and in­formed his cap­ti­vated au­di­ence that he “had a per­sonal in­ter­est in the coun­try” as his late fa­ther had es­caped from there to Bri­tain in 1940.

An im­pres­sive collection of stamps, cov­ers, post­marks and posters re­flected the his­tory of the na­tion, in­clud­ing stamps is­sued be­tween 1918 and 1939, when the coun­try was re­build­ing af­ter in­de­pen­dence.

Frank also high­lighted that, dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, stamps were is­sued in Bri­tain for the Pol­ish Gov­ern­ment exiled in Lon­don.

The ex­cit­ing evening con­cluded with stamps show­ing Wo­jtek the bear, who served as a cor­po­ral in the 22nd Ar­tillery Sup­ply Com­pany af­ter hav­ing been pur­chased by Pol­ish II Corps sol­diers.

He died in Ed­in­burgh Zoo in De­cem­ber 1963 and his statue can be found in the city’s Princes Street Gar­dens.

Alan Wi s h a r t led mem­bers in giv­ing warm thanks to Frank, who had “given a won­der­ful vi­sion of the his­tor­i­cal, so­cial and cul­tural changes in Poland through­out the years”.

The next meet­ing of the so­ci­ety will be at 7.30pm this Fri­day in Cale­do­nian Bowl­ing Club, on Mother­well Road in Hamil­ton.

Visit­nark­shireps. co. uk/ to find out fur­ther de­tails on the group.

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