Guernsey reveals design-a-stamp winners


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22 May 2020
Guernsey Post has revealed the twelve children who have won a design-a-stamp competition and will see their designs featured on one of two forthcoming stamp sets, #GuernseyTogether and #AlderneySpirit.

The campaign, which was launched by Guernsey’s Post philatelic team earlier this month, invited schoolchildren across Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm to create stamp designs, which should relate to the current pandemic in a positive way. 

The winners are:

#GuernseyTogether stamps

  • Yr 1 - Kahlan Marriott, age 5
  • Yr 2 - Olivia Le Tissier, age 6
  • Yr 3 - Alexis Drummy, age 8
  • Yr 4 - Danny King, age 8
  • Yr 5 - Joe De Carteret, age 10
  • Yr 6 - Lily-Ella O'Brien, age 10
  • Yr 7 - Oliver Blake, age 11
  • Yr 8 - Phoebe Smart, age 13

#AlderneySpirit stamps

  • Yr 2 - Eli Maurice, age 7
  • Yr 2 - Grace Chapman, age 7
  • Yr 2 - Isla Cauvain, age 7
  • Yr 4 - Hollie Maurice, age 9

The designs for the stamps, which are due to be released in late summer following approval of Her Majesty, The Queen, were chosen from over 200 entries by independent judges, Tom Langford and Al Mitchell.

Tom is commissioner for Guernsey Arts Commission and managing director of award-winning design and advertising agency, The Potting Shed. He works alongside Al, who has been with the Guernsey-based agency for over ten years and now holds the position of executive creative director. 

Tom commented:

'We thoroughly enjoyed reviewing all of the stamp design entries as they're all so colourful and vibrant, which truly reflects the positivity across the islands right now.

'As judges, it was difficult to decide the winners as all of the children did an amazing job!'

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Bridget Yabsley, head of philatelic at Guernsey Post, said:

'This is the fourth time in our 50-year history that we have invited children to design stamps for us and, given how well they have responded to the current pandemic, we felt it was fitting to ask them to create a special set of stamps that recognise the positive aspects of the pandemic as a result of COVID-19.

“We are absolutely thrilled with the response to our competition and are delighted for the winners, who have been carefully chosen by Tom and Al from a very high standard of entries. Very well done to all the children who entered.'

Guernsey Post is to donate all proceeds from the sale of its #GuernseyTogether stamps equally between two charities: the Guernsey COVID-19 Response Appeal, which goes towards helping frontline workers, funding medical equipment and the hardship fund, and the Social Investment Fund’s COVID-19 Community Charity Appeal, which helps local charities to continue their vital work during the pandemic.

In Alderney, all proceeds of sale from the #AlderneySpirit stamps will go to the Helping Hand appeal, which provides interim support for those members of the Alderney community who are struggling as a result of coronavirus.

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