The Seaside Architecture stamps and miniature sheet are issued on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the founding of Trinity House, the body responsible for all UK lighthouses and lightships. The first pier in the UK was completed at Ryde on the Isle of Wight on 26 July 1814, so celebrating its 200th anniversary tomorrow.
Royal Mail's set of 6 stamps depict:
- 1st class - Eastbourne Bandstand, Tinside Lido, Plymouth
- 97p - Bangor Pier, Southwold Lighthouse
- £1.28 - Casino at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Bexhill-on-Sea Shelter
The miniature sheet contains 4 stamps:
- 1st class - Llandudno and Worthing Piers
- £1.28 - Dunoon and Brighton Piers
The stamps and miniature sheet are designed by Why Not Associates using photography by Lee Mawdsley. The stamps are printed by ISP and the miniature sheet by Enschede.
As well as the usual products there will be a coin cover to mark the Trinity House anniversary, the coin being a £2 commemorative.