GLORY has returned to a stamp collecting club – almost 40 years after they last tasted it.
Fred Horsted, chairman of Waterlooville and District Philatelic Society, swept the board at the Hampshire Philatelic Federation annual fair, bringing home three trophies and two gold medals.
The last time his club won a trophy was in 1976, so he is rightly proud of his achievement.
The 78-year-old, of Rowlands Castle Road, Horndean, won praise from the judges at the fair, in Wickham, for two collections he entered.
The first was for stamp marks from Travelling Post Offices in Tanganyika – now Tanzania – from 1929 to 1960. For that he picked up the Jan Kaluski Cup.
The second was of stamp marks collected from the post offices of German East Africa from 1891 to 1916.
For that he was awarded the Brian Presland Hampshire 16 Cup which he dedicated to the Petersfield Philatelic Society.
He was also awarded the Postal History Salver and two gold Vermils medals.
Grandfather Mr Horsted, said: ‘Waterlooville is not a very big club at all and we always enter but we’ve never, ever won a major award.
‘But this year I actually won both major awards, which was a bit of a surprise.’
Mr Horsted has had a life-long passion for stamp collecting but he really began to indulge when he retired 20 years ago.
He scours the internet, stamp fairs and auction catalogues for stamps and postal stationery, such as envelopes, cards and post cards, which he says are just as important.
‘I had a telephone call to say it looked like I’d won both and I thought, that can’t be right,’ said Mr Horsted.
‘My family accompanied me to the fair because they said I needed them to help carry the trophies.
‘They are all very pleased for me, as is my wife Margaret. She doesn’t share my passion for stamp collecting but she is happy to tolerate it.’
Mr Horsted has a wide collection of stamps, including a valuable Penny Black. But said: ‘I have never done it for investment, just the sheer pleasure of collecting.’
If anyone would like to join Mr Horsted’s society call (023) 9259 2515.