We were hoping for the warmth of a summer day in Westeros but what we encountered were the cold and winds of the harshest winter in Winterfell (a bit dramatic but I think the day called for it!). This set the scene perfectly for Thronefest 2018. Just after we finished setting up (fur was involved), the Game of Thrones theme tune began filling the grounds of Quex Park which was met with a cheer from all the stall holders. The excitement was palpable. It surrounded the grounds magnificently and with axe throwing, archery, Lady Sansa, Jon Snow, Melisandre, Daenerys and Knights (to name but a few) parading around, you would have been forgiven for thinking you were in a scene from the show.
Upon entering, people were greeted by one of the dragons and some poor soul who had met his fate hanging in a tree (gruesome but what more did you expect?). This set the tone perfectly for the festivities to come. Lots of people wore t-shirts emblazoned with quotes from the show, our favourite being a great line from Tyrion ‘I drink and I know things’!
Throughout the day people would gather in the centre of the field for different shows. When the (dire) wolves came out, their howling could be heard for miles around. Sadly the cold was just too much for the reptiles to make an appearance – Clair, Jo and I shared their pain! The crowds gathered to watch jousting matches between the Lannisters and the Starks, a Raven display thrilled the crowds and there was so much to take in for the visitors, in between eagerly awaiting a signature or photo from one of the cast members. We were told that Hodor was soooooo tall in real life.
We had a successful day. Our covers were very popular, especially our full-set Game of Thrones cover: BC601F. We weren’t surprised to find out that most customers were already familiar with first day covers and philately, something that seems to be disappearing slowly with time, so we felt very fortunate to be part of this event and share what we do with people who really get it. Philately has always been somewhat of a polar hobby; you either collect or you don’t! But with the introduction of popular culture through stamp issues such as Star Wars, Doctor Who, Music Icons: David Bowie and the topic of this blog: Game of Thrones, Royal Mail are helping bridge the gap between the older generation of collector and a new generation by bringing a new joy to collecting stamps. Who wouldn’t want their favourite character from Game of Thrones on a stamp they can cherish forever?
As the day went on, we got colder and colder and ended up removing the fur throw from our table display and wrapping ourselves up in it for warmth! We didn’t look too out of place as there was A LOT of fur around the grounds. The cold didn’t put us off though and we hope to do it all again next year (and hopefully the sun will join us!). So if you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, Fantasy and Sci-fi and collect our covers, come and visit us next year. You won’t be disappointed.
That’s all for now, but if you would like to find out more about what goodies we took with us, please feel free to contact me.
All the best
P.s If you haven;t already watched our Game of Thrones unveil video then what are you waiting for!