Isle of Man News - POSTED Wed 26-09-2012

Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE to take centre stage at The Gaiety Theatre

by Lisa Corkish

Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE to take centre stage at The Gaiety Theatre

Described as ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’ Sir Ranulph Fiennes will be appearing at the Gaiety Theatre to a packed audience to give an entertaining and inspiring presentation on October 2. He will also be giving a unique insight about his recently announced six-month expedition ‘The Coldest Journey on Earth’ which starts in December.
Sponsored by Isle of Man Post Office and organised by the Isle of Man Sporting & Dining Club, Sir Ranulph will motivate his audience with stories and visuals of his remarkable career of awe-inspiring adventures from parachuting onto Europe’s highest glacier, forcing his way up 4,000 miles of the mightiest rivers of Canada and Alaska, trekking on foot and unsupported to the North Pole and the great Transglobe expedition in which Fiennes and his companion Charles Burton became the first men in history to reach both poles.
Lisa Duckworth, Commercial Director of Isle of Man Post Office said: “We are delighted to be supporting what will be a most magnificent evening with world renowned explorer and author Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE.  We are confident he will live up to the expectation as being one of the world’s top inspirational business motivational speakers. The Sporting & Dining Club manages to secure some fantastic speakers and this is truly one of the greats. We very much look forward to this rare and unique opportunity to be in Sir Ranulph’s company.”
The event coincides with Isle of Man Stamps & Coins issuing a new set of stamps to commemorate the Centenary of Scott’s South Pole Expedition and the stamps will be on sale for the very first time at the event. This is an expedition which Sir Ranulph is very passionate about and the stamp issue commemorates Captain Scott’s heroic expedition to the South Pole. Sir Ranulph, who is also a well established author having published 12 books, has provided the commentary text to accompany the photographs which feature on the stamps.
Dot Tilbury, General Manager of Isle of Man Stamps & Coins said: “We are grateful for the uniquely qualified contribution of Sir Ranulph Fiennes and to the Scott Polar Research Institute for permission to feature the extraordinary photographs of Herbert Ponting which, in Sir Ranulph’s words, powerfully serve ‘to remind us all of the stark reality of the conditions faced by Scott and his men, the very first human beings to penetrate and learn about Antarctica on behalf of the whole of mankind.”
Talking about the stamp issue Sir Ranulph Fiennes said: “I am very pleased to be associated with this Isle of Man Post Office stamp issue dedicated to Captain Scott’s South Pole Expedition and the wonderful photography of Herbert Ponting. Ten years ago Scott’s reputation was not as it should be so I decided to set the record straight by writing a biography. I am delighted that my book is now followed by this stamp issue in this centenary year.”
Just 100 first day covers exclusively signed by Sir Ranulph will be available on the night as well as the Scott of Antarctic presentation pack and miniature sheet of stamps. To view the stamps visit

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