Petroc students rise to Lundy stamp challenge

Joseph Bulmer

College designs will take pride of place on famous island stamps

LUNDY has challenged Petroc students to design a new set of stamps for the island.

Art and design students from the college have been busy sketching their ideas for the 2012 issue set that will focus on the island’s history.

Their efforts will be displayed at an exhibition onboard MS Oldenburg alongside the Quay in Bideford, on Sunday, October 30 from 2-4pm, where a panel of judges will decide which designs will be used.

Derek Green, Lundy general manager, said: “I’m delighted that Petroc has risen to the challenge to find a local designer who will have the opportunity to have their work displayed on our stamps.

“Lundy conveys around 40,000 pieces of mail annually to destinations around the world and over the years, Lundy stamps have become very collectable, so the final design will be eagerly awaited by the philatelic world.”

Lundy’s private postal service and stamps, which began in 1929, is now the oldest operational private postal service in the world. The currency unit for the stamps is “puffin”, which equates to the British penny and dates back to the days when puffins were used as currency on the island.

With the island’s strict issuing policy, some 340 different stamps have been produced since 1929. This makes a new set of Lundy stamps a special event for both visitors and the many collectors worldwide.

Colin Wright, head of creative industries at Petroc, said: “Students have the chance each year to work with many external partners on competitions, commissions, community projects and varying creative collaborations which give them invaluable industrial experience.

“The Lundy Stamp competition is probably the most prestigious opportunity that has been put in from of them so far and because of the rigour of the brief and the expectations of the client, the most challenging from a creative point of view.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for local emerging designers to make their mark at a very early point in their careers. We are very grateful to the Lundy Company for considering our students and offering them the opportunity.”

Members of the public are welcome to come along on Sunday and view the students’ work with refreshments provided on board.