| Joey Special Issue
Isle of Man Philatelic Bureau Web
To commemorate the sad and
tragic death of 26-times TT winner Joey Dunlop a special postal tribute
entitled 'Joey - King of the Mountain' is to be officially launched at the
North West 200 in Northern Ireland on May 17th, with a second launch taking
place during TT fortnight.
died in July 2000, whilst competing in a motorbike road race in Estonia. It was
estimated at the time, that 50,000 people attended his funeral in Northern
Ireland, although now some say that it was nearer 70,000.
This staggering fact truly demonstrates the love and
admiration people had for the man, who is arguably the greatest Isle of Man TT
rider of them all.
The Isle of
Man Post Office has bestowed the greatest accolade on a rider many regard as
the best ever to have taken on the challenge of the ultimate road racing
circuit in the world.
which has been prompted by the numerous requests from his fans and locals made
to the Isle of Man Post Office Philatelic Bureau and has the full support of
the Dunlop family.
The IOM Post
Office are producing an exclusive folder which will be priced at £20.00
and which will include a special first day cover, a set of deluxe postcards and
a strip of 5 stamps with a pictorial gutter.
For every folder that is sold, a donation of £2.50 will be
made to the Joey Dunlop Injured Riders Fund, set up to assist injured riders
and their families. The aim is to raise at least £5000.00 for the fund,
which hopes to open a lodge and provide other disabled facilites at the TT
Grandstand area in Joey's memory.
Joey won almost twice as many TTs than any other competitor in the 93
year history of the event is in itself incredulous. But the man truly was a
This truly is a great
mark of respect for Joey and anyone wishingto order/buy these stamps should do
so by going direct to the Government site, where they can also be
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