Wirral
Merseyside, England

1987 saw the dropping of the ‘West’ from the stamps and also the introduction of two colour printing. In 1988 two deliveries were initiated. 1990, 1991 & 1992 saw the original central sort split into two, three and then four centres in successive years. By 1995 there were about 300 shops acting as temporary ‘Post Offices' and the sort was split into five locations. After 25% was donated to other charities the remaining profits were divided between the 60 participating groups. It is known that in some years Wirral Press subcontracted part of the printing which may explain some slight colour variations. Guide trefoil badge added to the design from 1993 onwards.

The Wirral comprises several districts within the Scout County of Merseyside.

Website link
Rugby web site

Poster(s)
Wirral poster


1987 (8th December)

1987 issue

Type 1, 28x40mm, designed by ? and printed in sheets of 50 (10 rows of 5) by Wirral Press, rouletted about 7. First day covers produced on plain white envelopes.



1988 (6th December)

1988 issue

Type 2, 28x40mm, designed by ? and printed in sheets of 50 (10 rows of 5) by Wirral Press, rouletted about 7. First day covers produced on locally designed special envelopes.



1989 (7th December)

1989 issue 1989 issue

Types 3 and 4, 28x40mm, designed by ? and printed in sheets of 50 (10 rows of 5) by Wirral Press, rouletted about 7. Type 4 has the scout badge omitted and appeared once in each sheet. First day covers produced on locally designed special envelopes.



1990 (10th December)

1990 issue 1990 issue

Types 5 and 6, 28x40mm, designed by ? and printed in sheets of 50 (10 rows of 5) by Wirral Press, rouletted about 7. Type 6 has a small "p" in the value and appeared once per sheet. First day covers produced on locally designed special envelopes.



1991 (9th December)

1991 issue

Type 7, 28x40mm, designed by Whitefriars Advertising (Chester) and printed in sheets of 50 (10 rows of 5) by Wirral Press, rouletted about 7. First day covers produced on locally designed special envelopes.



1992 (8th December)

1992 issue

Type 8, 28x40mm, designed by Whitefriars Advertising (Chester) and printed in sheets of 50 (10 rows of 5) by Wirral Press, rouletted about 7. First day covers produced on locally designed special envelopes.



1993 (8th December)

1993 issue

Type 9, 28x40mm, designed by ? and printed in sheets of 50 (10 rows of 5) by Wirral Press, rouletted about 7. First day covers produced on locally designed special envelopes.



1994 (7th December)

1994 issue 1994 issue

Types 10 and 11, 28x40mm, designed by ? and printed in sheets of 50 (10 rows of 5) by Professional Marketing Services, rouletted about 7. It is known that some of the printing was subcontracted (but not to whom) and the two red colour variations appeared on slightly different sized paper. Cachet C2 was also used instead of stamps on bulk mail for this year only. First day covers produced on locally designed special envelopes.



1995 (11th December)

1995 issue 1995 issue

Types 12 and 13, 28x40mm, designed by ? and printed in sheets of 50 (10 rows of 5) by Wirral Press, rouletted about 7. The violet areas of type 12 appear not to be overlaid with green - the overlapping of green & violet in type 12a leads to a significantly darker effect in the main violet areas (it is not known which came first, or whether the change was deliberate or accidental.). First day covers produced on locally designed special envelopes.



1996 (9th December)

1996 issue

Type 14, 28x40mm, designed by ? and printed in sheets of 50 (10 rows of 5) by Wirral Press, rouletted about 7. First day covers produced on locally designed special envelopes.



1997 (8th December)

1997 issue

Type 15, 28x40mm, designed by ? and printed in sheets of 50 (10 rows of 5) by Wirral Press, rouletted about 7. First day covers produced on locally designed special envelopes.



1998 (7th December)

1998 issue

Type 16, 28x40mm, designed by ? and printed in sheets of 50 (10 rows of 5) by Wirral Press, rouletted about 7. First day covers produced on locally designed special envelopes.



1999 (7th December)

1999 issue

Type 17, 28x40mm, designed by ? and printed in sheets of 50 (10 rows of 5) by Wirral Press, rouletted about 7. First day covers produced on locally designed special envelopes.



2000 (11th December)

2000 issue

Type 18, 28x40mm, designed by ? and printed in sheets of 50 (10 rows of 5) by Wirral Press, rouletted about 7. First day covers produced on locally designed special envelopes.



2001 (10th December)

2001 issue

Type 19, 28x40mm, designed by ? and printed in sheets of 50 (10 rows of 5) by Wirral Press, rouletted about 7. First day covers produced on locally designed special envelopes.



2002 (9th December)

2002 issue

Type 20, 28x40mm, designed by ? and printed in sheets of 50 (10 rows of 5) by Wirral Press, rouletted about 7. First day covers produced on locally designed special envelopes.



2003 (8th December)

2003 issue

Type 21, 28x40mm, designed by ? and printed in sheets of 50 (10 rows of 5) by Wirral Press, rouletted about 7. First day covers produced on locally designed special envelopes.



2004 (6th December)

2004 issue

Type 22, 28x40mm, designed by ? and printed in sheets of 50 (10 rows of 5) by Wirral Press, rouletted about 7. First day covers produced on locally designed special envelopes.



2005 (5th December)

2005 issue

Type 23, 28x40mm, designed by ? and printed in sheets of 50 (10 rows of 5) by Wirral Press, rouletted about 7. First day covers produced on locally designed special envelopes.



2006 (5th December)

2006 issue

Type 24, 28x40mm, designed by ? and printed in sheets of 50 (10 rows of 5) by Wirral Press, rouletted about 7. First day covers produced on locally designed special envelopes.



2007 (5th December)

2007 issue

Type 25, 28x40mm, designed by ? and printed in sheets of 50 (10 rows of 5) by Wirral Press, rouletted about 7. First day covers produced on locally designed special envelopes.



2008 (8th December)

2008 issue 2008 issue

Types 26 & 27, 26x37mm, designed by ? and printed in sheets of 50 (10 rows of 5) by Wirral Press, type 26 on gummed paper rouletted about 9, type 27 on self-adhesive labels on a well-cut backing sheet. First day covers produced on locally designed special envelopes.


2008 issue 2008 issue

These illustrate the differing perforations at the corners.



2009 (7th December)

2009 issue

Type 28, 40x28mm, designed by ? and printed in sheets of 50 (10 rows of 5) by Wirral Press, rouletted about 7. First day covers produced on locally designed special envelopes.



2010 (6th December)
2011

2010 issue

Type 29, 28x40mm, designed by ? and printed in sheets of 50 (5 rows of 10) self-adhesive stamps by Wirral Press, rouletted through the backing sheet about 10 vertically only. First day covers produced on locally designed special envelopes.



2012 (3rd December)
2013

2012 issue

Type 30, 38x26mm, designed by ? and printed in sheets of 40 (8 rows of 5) self-adhesive stamps by Wirral Press, rouletted through the backing sheet about 10 horizontally only. First day covers produced on locally designed special envelopes.



2014 (7th December)

2014 issue

Type 31 to 35, 38x26mm, designed by ? and printed in sheets of 40 (8 rows of 5) self-adhesive stamps by Wirral Press, rouletted through the backing sheet about 10 horizontally only. First day covers produced on locally designed special envelopes.



Cancellations

It is also still possible to find the West Wirral cancellations being used on Wirral stamps. Dates for P1 - P8 are those when first seen by the compiler, usage continued in later years.

cachet 1

Type C1 - used on FDCs in 1987 only.


 

cachet 2

Type C2 - used on bulk mail (without stamps) in 1994 only.


 

postmark 1

Type P1, open corners - used from 1987.


 

postmark 2

Type P2, open corners - used from 1990.


 

postmark 2

Type P3, closed corners - used from 1990.


 

postmark 2

Type P4, closed corners - used from 1991.


 

postmark 2

Type P5, closed corners - used from 1990.


 

postmark 2

Type P6, closed corners (thin text) - used from 2000.


 

postmark 2

Type P7, larger - used from 2000.


 

postmark 2

Type P8, even larger - used from 2000.


 

postmark 2

Type P9, finer lines - used from 2012.


 


Statistics

Year 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
Start None None None None None None Dec 8 Dec 6 Dec 7 Dec 10
Carried None None None None None None 443,000 500,000 650,000 679,000
Charity donation None None None None None None 9,300 11,729 14,527 18,000
Year 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Start Dec 9 Dec 8 Dec 8 Dec 7 Dec 11 Dec 9 Dec 8 Dec 7 Dec 7 Dec 11
Carried 732,000 712,000 757,000 794,500 750,000 773,000 780,000 740,000 750,000 763,000
Charity donation 20,025 19,000 20,000 20,000 24,000 24,230 24,250 23,200 22,150 23,880
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Start Dec 10 Dec 9 Dec 8 Dec 6 Dec 5 Dec 5 Dec 5 Dec 8 Dec 7 Dec 6
Carried 685,000 648,000 629,000 602,000 574,000 610,000 607,000 613,000 586,000 559,500
Charity donation 22,190 21,000 19,710 19,002 17,848 20,140 19,600 23,000 24,000 22,500
Year 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Start Dec 5 Dec 3 . Dec 7 . . . . . .
Carried 559,500 . . . . . . . . .
Charity donation 22,000 . . . . . . . . .

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This page last amended 30th October 2015
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