Cancelled until Autumn 2020
St. Andrew's Church Hall, Arbroath
Arbroath’s history and culture will be the focus of an open meeting of the Abroath and District Stamp and Postcard Club on 17 March from 7.30 to 9pm. The Declaration of Arbroath was commemorated on a British postage stamp issued on 1 April, 1970, the 650th anniversary of the declaration, and numerous different first-day covers of the stamp will be shown. The Abbey and the Declaration were pictured on some of these envelopes. James Chalmers, credited by many with inventing the postage stamp, was born in Arbroath on 2 February, 1782, and is pictured on envelopes honouring him.
In addition, many picture postcard views exist of Arbroath and its immediate surroundings, and a wide variety of these will be exhibited. Some of these are historic documents as postcards were first published not long after the widespread appearance of photographs. Prominent buildings, open spaces, beaches, shops and even local people were pictured on these small pieces of art that were saved in albums or sent around the world to homesick Scots. Postcards even show the recovery of the stolen Coronation Stone of Scone at the Abbey in 1951, rail crashes, performing groups — and Arbroath smokies.
All are invited to the display, which will be from 7.30 to 9pm at St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Hamilton Green, Arbroath DD11 1JG, across from the Abbey. Entrance is free and refreshments will be served. Information is available from the club secretary on 01674 832 823.