Callum’s first class hobby

Stamp of approval:  12-year-old Callum Wood, of Bispham Road in Bispham, has been awarded the title Young Stamp Collector of the Year in a national competition. Callum busy at home with his collection

Stamp of approval: 12-year-old Callum Wood, of Bispham Road in Bispham, has been awarded the title Young Stamp Collector of the Year in a national competition. Callum busy at home with his collection

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A keen young collector has been given the stamp of approval for his efforts to encourage others to take up his hobby.

Stamp collector Callum Wood, 12, has accrued a collection of more than 2,000 in less than two years since taking up the pastime.

And now he’s made a name for himself in the stamp collecting fraternity as he was named young stamp collector of the year 2014.

The Year Eight pupil at Montgomery High School won first place prize after setting up a stamp collecting club at his Bispham Road school, as well as continuing his commitment to a library-based club.

He said: “It was great just to be nominated.

“It’s a really fun hobby. I like collecting things and to look at the colours and the interesting features that all stamps have.

“I used to collect trading cards but stamps are a lot better, there’s something there for everyone.”

Callum’s interested in philately – the study of stamps and postal history – was first piqued at Layton Primary School and has since seen him work at stamp auctions, from which he spends his earnings on new stamps.

His favourite stamps to date are his tuppeny blues and penny reds - the world’s second official postage stamp, and the successor to the world’s first postage stamp, the Penny Black, respectively.

He added: “They’re not that rare but it’s about the value from the time they were produced.

“It’s exciting when you get one.”

Now he is working hard to encourage others to take up the hobby, continuing club in school which has more than 10 members.

It was this that impressed those awarding the Anne Dummer Trophy, the committee of the Stamp Active Network, who presented him with the award in London on Saturday.