Guernsey Post recently presented to collectors` attention a set of six stamps issued to celebrate 70th Anniversary of Alderney Week – one of the greatest Channel Islands’ biggest annual festivals. This is an eight-day event which dates back to 1949 that has grown to become the greatest annual themed summer carnival. The stamps were illustrated by Andrew Robinson who has tried to capture some highlights of the event – which will kick off on the 4th of August.
It is one of the big highlights of this small Island’s summer calendar and sees Alderney’s population of around 2000 double as people flock from all over the world to this most northerly Channel Island to join in the fun.
Bridget Yabsley, head of philatelic at Guernsey Post said:
“The fun and vibrancy of Alderney Week has been perfectly captured by illustrator, Andrew Robinson, for our celebratory stamps. We are delighted that the event is still going strong 70 years on and this year’s theme, which celebrates ‘Myths and Legends’, is sure to be a great success.”
The stamp with the face value 46 pence is dedicated to the Festival of Colour that is a new addition to the Alderney Week. During this event hundreds of people throw powdered paint at each other.
The 62 pence stamp depicts Victoria Street where people watch the Cavalcade and the classic cars, brightly decorated floats, led by Miss Alderney as well as dancers parading and competing for Best in Show.
The stamp with the face value of 63 pence features the ‘Man powered flight’ - a madcap event that encourages people to dress up and launch their homemade flying machines – and themselves - into the Marina in an attempt to reach the furthest distance.
The 76 pence stamp feature decorated floats built by islanders Alderney Week before parading them through the high street then onto the green at The Butes for judging and prize giving.
The 85 pence stamp is dedicated the Daft Raft Race where people build their own boats and race to get to the beach first.
The last item with the face value of 94 pence is devoted to the Torchlight Parade that is the climax to Alderney Week. Hundreds of people parade through the Island’s High Street carrying their flame torches towards a huge bonfire on the green at The Butes, which is followed by a spectacular firework display.