VETERAN polar explorer and mountaineer Ranulph Fiennes’s appearance at the Gaiety Theatre next month is a sell out.
Organised by the Isle of Man Sporting and Dining Club, Sir Ranulph, hailed as the greatest living explorer, will enthrall a capacity audience of about 800 on October 2.
He will recount the highlights of his remarkable career include parachuting on to 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 his Transglobe expedition in which he and companion Charles Burton became the first men to reach both poles.
The 68-year-old will also be offering a unique insight into his recently announced six-month expedition across the Antarctic, ‘The Coldest Journey on Earth’, which starts in December.
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. These stamps will be on sale for the first time at the event.
Lisa Duckworth, commercial director at Isle of Man Post Office, said: ‘We are confident he will live up to the expectation as being one of the world’s top inspirational 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 opportunity to be in Sir Ranulph’s company.’
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.
He 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.
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