WELVAL

These stamps were souvenir stamps of an Event held during 1998 at Porthcawl. And this event marked the 50th anniversary of a little known fact. The Prestwick stopover in 1960 was not the first time Elvis Presley stood on British soil. In fact he spent a few days in Wales on his way to military service in Germany when his plane was forced to land at Rhoose Airport in Cardiff. The Welsh ELvis festiVAL marked the stay with a Welsh language Elvis impersonator week, a forerunner to the current Elvis week at the resort each year. The stamps show a mix of 1958 and 1998. There is Elvis enjoying himself on The Sizzler at Porthcawl Coney Beach amusement park, and the recording he made with the Aberkenfig Male Voice Choir, a Welsh Version of All Through The Night, perhaps the World’s rarest record. There is a a film poster for a Welsh remake of Blue Hawaii, entitled Llanelli Glas, and a list of Elvis’s biggest hits in Welsh.
Complete sheets of these stamps are hard to come by, but the pinnacle of the set has to be the Artist Archive Proof Sheet, on glossy paper with enlarged images of the stamps.

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Welval

SK numberTypeDescription
332250Elvis aboard The Sizzler - Tennessee yellow and black
332dSwapped face diabolo
333251The rarest recording - Acetate black
333dFlipped logo diabolo
334252Llanelli Glas film poster - Mainly glass blue
334dMissing * diabolo
335253Welsh song titles - multicoloured
335dInverted ^ diabolo
336Proof sheet

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