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I have collected beermats since around 1960, initially anything that looked like a beermat but eventually because of space and time something had to give. In the mid 1980's I decided to dispose of my collection and sold it. I did hang on to my cider collection though, with no good reason except that it felt like the right thing to do. I didn't have a particularly notable collection and all of them were British with no foreign cider mats at all. In actual fact there were not too many foreign cider mats at that time but I didn't know that. I hadn't even considered that cider was produced anywhere but the UK. I kept my cider mats, something over 1000 at that time, in a bin liner in the attic, and there they stayed. I did think about them from time to time and even added the odd cider mat to the pile when I came across one but I didn't do anything proactively. It was around 2007/08 that I decided to try drinking cider after many years keeping away from it. It was around then that the thought of collecting them again started to enthuse me. I did find a couple on Ebay but still it was only a minor interest.In September 2009 I rejoined the British Beermat collectors Society and went to my first National meeting. It was brilliant to find loads of cider mats that I had neer see before and I added loads from that meeting. I also met another cider beermat collector and was able to purchase 275 that I hadn't got, and these included some foreign cider mats, the first ones that I had seen. From that time my enthusiasm has grown and Iam now officially obsessed. From an initial 1200 mats I now have around 6000 with many variations and even a few potentially unique examples,  but of course new and older cider mats keep turning up so no one knows what will turn up next, or when? That is the joy of collecting and why I continue with my quest to have the best collection of its type. The 2020 pandemic and lockdowns has surptisingly helped me to find a lot of new and older cider mats by doing exchanges around the world. Luckily I have thousands of other beermats of all types so exchanging has so far not been a problem. The work goes on...

These Cider mats are the ones that are not catalogued, for the most part, anywhere else and a means to see what I've got and an easy way to show others...both sides of each cidermat is shown and each one contains the word cider in some form.