Puzzle Sales at the Timaru Stamp Fair in Tonga

Russel Flett, left, Graeme Scott and Ray Bennett browse the collections at the Timaru Philatelic Society's biannual stamp fair at the West End Hall on Saturday.

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Russel Flett, left, Graeme Scott and Ray Bennett browse the collections at the Timaru Philatelic Society’s biannual stamp fair at the West End Hall on Saturday.

There was no need to wonder about the popularity of the puzzles at a bi-annual Timaru event on Saturday, with $400 from their sales raised to relieve Tonga.

The Timaru Philatelic Society’s biannual stamp fair, held at the West End Hall on Saturday, enjoyed a “steady flow” of people eager to check out the range of stamps for sale, as well as receive appraisals, a patron of the society, a life member and a past president. said Ray Bennett.

“I couldn’t tell you exactly how many people were there, but let’s put it this way, there was a steady stream of people throughout the day,” he said.

“The whole day passed under the spell.”

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Part of the day included the sale of a range of puzzles, including those donated by company secretary Gordon Prowse.

The 30 or so puzzles, collected by him and his late wife Robin, included foreign travel puzzles and cat-themed puzzles.

“Only $400 from the sale of puzzles was raised for the Tonga appeal,” Bennett said.

Steven McLachan, left, and Matt Henderson reunite at the fair.

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Steven McLachan, left, and Matt Henderson reunite at the fair.

He estimated around $500 had been raised by the company so far to help Tonga following the January volcanic eruption and tsunami.

Bennett said the company’s goal now was to attract young people to the group.

“Our goal is to encourage young people to collect stamps.

“Philately was a great thing.”

He said it was the first time the fair had been held at the West End Hall and it worked out well.

“If he’s available in six months, we’ll have him there again.

“There was adequate parking and in the lobby there was no time [during the sale] when there were no members of the public present.”

He added that several people had also brought stamps to find out their value, but no major value had been discovered.

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