Canadians prepare for London 2022

Several Canadian collectors are preparing to cross the pond for London 2022, the long-awaited international show taking place in the English capital from Feb. 19-26.

Originally scheduled for May 2020, the show was postponed until 2022 due to COVID-19. Now, with international travel slowly making a comeback, Canadian officials are hopeful the event will be held as planned.

“Hopefully, god willing, everything will try to normalize to the extent it can,” said Royal Philatelic Society of Canada President Ed Kroft, who’s the Canadian commissioner for London 2022. “I’m very delighted to have so many exhibits going to London both on the literature side and on the framed exhibiting side.”

Canadian exhibitors are sending 18 literature exhibits plus 17 regular entries. Kroft called it a “strong showing” for Canada at an international show.

He’s also on the London 2022 jury with fellow Canadian judges Charles Verge and Sam Chiu.

In addition to the exhibition, the bourse will feature more than 100 booths for dealers, auctioneers, publishers and postal services, including the United Kingdom’s Royal Mail. The only two Canadian companies working the bourse are Gary J. Lyon (Philatelist) and Eastern Auctions, both of which are owned by Gary Lyon, a long-time dealer based in Bathurst, N.B.

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