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 Joey Special Issue Stamps

Isle of Man Philatelic Bureau Web Site

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.

Joey 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.

The issue, 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 phenomenon.

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 viewed.

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