Freshwater Lakes 25 June [JC]
"Darley Street PO Bradford the new labels had not even been inserted. Apparently there was a fault with its alarm and an engineer was coming out to fix the problem BUT was not expected until dinnertime or early afternoon.
"Leeds The Markets Post Office I did a test purchase of 1 x 1st class to check the contents. The result was one Union Flag stamp and the receipt shown at right. One of the machines had already broken down the previous day and because the main person responsible for the machines was on leave, a substitute had filled up the alternative machine. Unfortunately she had put the roll of new labels in the receipt paper section with the results as seen. I can't even guess how many misprinted receipts must have been produced prior to my arrival.
"I pointed this malfunction out to the poor lady and she immediately tried to rectify matters but only succeeded in rendering the second machine unusable. Guess what, she would have to send out for another engineer - she wasn't too happy when I suggested she ask him if he could open safes and I declined to hand back my 'receipt' for the test purchase.
"Leeds St Johns PO - no problems, purchased the Lakes with no problems."
"Yeovil apparently didn't have Freshwater Lakes initially and were still dispensing Union Flags until 2nd August when they added the Lakes stock." [RW]
Andy Murray sheet - issue date 8 August 2013 [MC]
"Visited the village PO and the lady said that, in accordance with the information they had been given, she put the Murray stamps out on her counter on 1st August. It wasn't until 11.30 that morning that POs got a 'broadcast' telling them to remove them as the release date wasn't until the 8th.!"
Update: the sheets are now properly on sale - but the branch has no blank first day covers - nor have others in the area.
Another reader mentioned the Murray sheet at his sub-post office and they denied all knowledge of it, even after he had shown them the picture.