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12.04.2011 - New RDP’s will sign roll in Portsmouth
The Roll of Distinguished Philatelists was established in 1921 by the Philatelic Congress of Great Britain with the approval of His Majesty King George V, who was the first Signatory. An invitation

The Roll of Distinguished Philatelists was established in 1921 by the Philatelic Congress of Great Britain with the approval of His Majesty King George V, who was the first Signatory. An invitation to sign the Roll is regarded as the world’s pre-eminent philatelic honour.

Not including the newly elected RDPs, 352 philatelists from 40 countries have achieved this distinction. There are at present 74 Signatories from 24 countries including sixteen from Great Britain, ten from the USA, six from France, five from Germany, four from Italy, and four from Switzerland.

At a recent meeting of the Board of Election, comprising Patrick Pearson (Chairman), Tomas Bjäringer, Christopher Harman, Alan Huggins, Rolf-Dieter Jaretzky, Jane Moubray and Robert Odenweller, with Christopher King, Secretary to the Board in attendance, the members unanimously decided to ask Gavin Fryer FRPSL (United Kingdom), Koichi Sato FRPSL (Japan), and Ray Todd OAM FRPSL (Australia) to sign the Roll.

The Signing Ceremony will take place on Friday 17th June at the Portsmouth Guild Hall during the 2011 Philatelic Congress of Great Britain, which will be held in Southsea from 16th - 19th June.