Oxford blueberry to be featured on national stamp
Oxford’s deputy mayor Trish Stewart stands beside the biggest blueberry known to man that, come 2011, will be seen not only to people coming and going from Oxford but across Canada on a stamp as part of Canada Post’s Roadside Attraction Series. Rose Willigar - The Citizen
OXFORD – Oxley the blueberry will be seen on a stamp across Canada come 2011, when Canada Post releases its 20 stamp issues and two commemorative envelopes.
“The blueberry (Oxley) was named 10 years ago with a contest within Oxford when it was moved here from Sussex,” Oxford’s deputy mayor Trish Stewart said.
Stewart, who also sits on the tourism board for central nova, said the blueberry is a huge attraction that, in the summer months, easily sees 100-plus people per day stop and take pictures of it. The blueberry is owned by the Irving-Circle K.
Oxford’s blueberry will be featured with the Shediac lobster, the O’Leary big potato and Glover’s Harbour’s giant squid in the Canadian Roadside Attractions series.
“The stamp will be great recognition for the town," said Mayor Lloyd Jenkins. "It’s already known as the blueberry capital of Canada, therefore when the stamp comes out across Canada, the publicity will be wonderful for Oxford.”
The mayor also recalled a few years back when Oxford was recognized as the blueberry capital of Canada on a cancellation stamp.
Stewart, who is also an employee of Canada Post, said five years ago the cancellation stamp recognizing Oxford was introduced. A cancellation stamp is when Canada post stamps an envelope or package that is mailed.
“For a collector, it will be a big thing to have the new stamp being issued in 2011 to be stamped with the cancellation stamp as well,” Stewart said.
“The Oxford post office will be requesting more than the allotted number of stamps for each post office when the new stamps are issued,” Stewart said.
Stewart said this will be a good thing for Oxford.
“As an employee of Canada Post…it will bring people into the post office, as a member of the tourism board for Central Nova…it will bring people to the area, as the deputy mayor of Oxford…it will bring people to Oxford," she said.
Canada Post is kicking off its 2012 campaign to welcome ideas for the next round of stamps in 2012. People can submit their ideas to http://www.facebook.com/canadapost>.