Delivery of the new tariff stamps from Royal Mail Tallents House will be delayed
Malcolm put this comment on our original post:
have today received a letter from the bureau that dispatch of this
issue is delayed from the 27th March until the 11th April due to
circumstances beyond our control.
It also states that stamping facilities will be extended to the 24th April for those who want to create their own FDCs"
I checked with the trade side of Tallents House and received this reply:
I am unable to guarantee that the issue will be with you for the 27th
March (dealers normally get them well in advance) we will however
endeavour to have them with you as soon as we can. I am led to believe
that the stamps will be available at PO Counters on the 27th. (however,
no packs or other products will be available). "
As Royal Mail knew that the tariffs would change around the end of March, requiring a number of new stamps, one might question the choice of the 26th March as the issue date of the Doctor Who commemorative issue, which has surely placed Tallents House under the same sort of pressure as previous big issues - The Beatles, the Gold Medal stamps?
UPDATE 24 March
We understand that printing problems are the cause of the delay. We have been told, but not officially, that while the valued stamps are in POs already, the Signed For are being printed in Litho by Cartor and they will be late. If that is the case, then once again the dating of First Day Covers for 27 March would seem to be wrong.
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