Warwickshire Event Centre, Leamington Spa, CV31 1XN

3rd July 2021

The prospects for this year’s MIDPEX, sponsored by Cavendish Philatelic Auctions Ltd., looked gloomy in a week in which the York Stamp Fair was cancelled. However, the event went ahead much to the relief of the organisers from the Midland Philatelic Federation, Venue, Dealers and Societies. Collectors seemed pleased to have the opportunity to socialise again.

Sixty Dealers and forty Specialist Societies took part in the event, a lower than usual number, due to reservations by some over attending due to the Covid pandemic, which also allowed for greater social distancing. The other measures that had been put in place such as the wearing of masks, compulsory registration and provision of sanitisers etc gave visitors great reassurance. It was a relief to everyone in its organisation to see a queue extending out to the car park when the event opened on the 3rd July at 10am.

Chairman of the organising Committee, Clive Jones, said “Although attendance was a little down on previous Midpex events, it was a day of great happiness, allowing us to mix again with our friends, albeit with health constraints imposed on the event. I think we can all be pleased with the outcome. From the feedback received, we can all be proud of what we have achieved in putting on a great philatelic event, in a safe environment. We had excellent support from the venue and from all the Committee in all aspects of the detail needed to put on Midpex in 2021.

Peter Cockburn, President Elect of the RPSL wrote on Twitter “Great day out at Midpex! Best of British philately back in business with very many Specialist Societies and huge efforts by so many. Thanks to all organisers, Society officials and visitors to make a perfect day reuniting friends from every quarter of the compass!”

Frank Walton wrote on Facebook “It was a joy to see so many friendly faces yesterday. I certainly enjoyed my day out immensely – and all of the dealers I spoke to also seem to have a smile on their face commercially. Thank you for all of the efforts you made, and especially thanks you for going the extra mile.”

Midpex will next be held at the same venue on 1st July 2023.