Royal Mail’s modern Special Stamp programme which celebrates the heritage and culture of the UK, marks its 50thanniversary in 2015.As part of celebrations, Royal Mail is installing 50 plaques with images of some of the most popular stamps on 50 post boxes in locations across the country.Each of the 50 postboxes is located in one of the UK’s cities, towns or villages that has a special connection with the featured stamp.In the first 50 years of the Special Stamp programme a total of 2,663 stamps have been published and every new stamp design is approved by Her Majesty, The Queen before it is issued.
Royal Mail stamps have mirrored the changes in society and culture at large..Royal Mail is installing 50 special stamp plaques on postboxes across the UK to mark the 50th anniversary of its much-loved modern Special Stamp programme.Each of the 50 postbox plaques will feature one of the most popular stamps that has a special connection with the UK city, town or village in which it is located.
They will feature a variety of stamps including Winston Churchill, Bagpuss, Dylan Thomas, Robert Burns, the Giant’s Causeway, York Minster and Sherlock Holmes. They will feature in various towns across the UK ranging from London to Llandudno, Belfast to Blackpool, Leeds to Leicester and Edinburgh to Exeter. It is hoped that they will attract interest and attention from locals and tourists alike.
Andrew Hammond, Director Stamps & Collectibles, Royal Mail said: “The UK’s towns and cities have influenced stamp designs over the past 50 years. At the same time, our iconic red postboxes have formed memorable landmarks across the country since 1852. We are delighted to bring the two together, creating new points of interest around the UK in celebration of our stamps heritage.”The first 50 years of Royal Mail’s Special Stamp programme has featured a total of 2,663 stamps and every new stamp design is approved by Her Majesty, The Queen before it is issued. The Special Stamp programme has mirrored the changes in society and culture at large.
Details of the 50 stamps and the locations of the Post Boxes.
|Winston Churchill||Woodstock, Oxfordshire|
|CS Lewis Narnia||Belfast|
|The Giant’s Causeway||Antrim|
|Andy Murray winning Wimbledon||Dunblane|
|Sir Walter Scott||Abbotsford – Scottish Borders|
|Robert Burns||Alloway, Ayr|
|Manchester Town Hall||Manchester|
|Richard Arkwright inventor||Preston|
|Wallace and Gromit||Bristol|
|Abbotsbury Swannery||Abbotsbury, Dorset|
|Severn Valley Railway||Worcester|
|William Shakespeare||Stratford upon Avon|
|The Oak Stamp||Nottinghamshire|
|High Level Bridge||Newcastle|
|Nicola Adams Olympics||Leeds|
|Jessica Ennis Olympics||Sheffield|
|World Wildlife Fund||Woking|
|Queen’s Jubilee stamp||London|
|50th anniversary of the BBC||Portland Place London|
|Sherlock Holmes||Baker St, London|
|Mary Seacole||Brixton, London|