Stamps Released on 120th Anniversary of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band

\"bahamasRoyal Bahamas Police Force Band is a major cultural icon throughout the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The rhythmic beats and harmonic tones that these sharply dressed military musicians produce are crowd pleasers for both local and international audiences. These stamps show both historical occasions and contemporary images of the band performing in the Bahamasand against the backdrop of Atlantis Resorts.The band was formed in 1893 by Commandant F.C. Halkett who, in his Annual Police Report for that year, informed the Bahamas\’ Assembly that he was \”successful in forming certain members of the Force into a Band sufficiently creditable to be able to perform once a week for the amazement of the public”.

The two historical stamps show events in 1948 and 1975. The 15c stamp shows His Excellency Sir William Murphy KCMG, LLD Governor of the Bahamaspresenting the Colonial Police Medal for Gallantry to Constable Fred Neville Seymour on 10th June, 1948. Mr Seymour had been responsible for the capture of a dangerous escaped convict, during which he had received a lifelong cutlass wound to his head. Mr Seymour was promoted to Sergeant and appointed the first Bahamian Conductor/Bandmaster of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band serving from 1949 to 1958, retiring as Chief Inspector in 1965.The 25c value captures a historic moment as the band performed for the Queen as she boards the Royal Yacht \”Britannia\” in 1975.

Technical details: Printer                                                  BDT International Security Printing

Process                                                Stochastic Lithography

Perforation                                         14 per 2cms

Stamp size                                          28.45 x 42.58mm

Sheet Layout                                      20 (2 x 10)

Release Date                                      15 May 2013

Production Co-ordination             Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd

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