Postcard, stamp and coin fair

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The Montrose stamp, postcard and coin fair returns this Saturday with more dealers set to attend.

It is being held in Hillside Village Hall, Dubton Road, on Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

Dealers from Aberdeenshire to East Lothian will be present and will have more stamps on offer than normal.

All of the dealers will be offering free valuations.

Among the Montrose items on display will be an unusual maritime envelope depicting the USS Montrose.

The USS Montrose pictured on the 1946 envelope was an amphibious attack transport craft that was commissioned in 1944 during the Second World War. The ship is named after the town and county of Montrose in the state of Colorado, which in turn were named after the Sir Walter Scott novel ‘A Legend of Montrose’.

It carried troops for the invasion of Okinawa and saw service in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

It bears a stamp picturing the then recently deceased US president, Franklin D Roosevelt.

Hot drinks and baked goods will be sold at the fair in aid of Medical Detection Dogs, a charity that is expanding to Scotland and trains dogs to support people with life-threatening conditions and assist scientists in the early detection of cancer.