StampNews.com is glad to inform our readers that Royal Mail's modern Special Stamp programme which celebrates the heritage and culture of the UK, marks its 50th anniversary in 2015. As part of these 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.
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.
Criteria for the creation of Special Stamps to celebrate events and commemorate anniversaries relevant to UK heritage and life was devised by the then Postmaster General, Tony Benn, who in 1965 started work with designer David Gentleman to modernise stamp design.
As part of the programme to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Special Stamp programme, Royal Mail has launched an online gallery of every Special Stamp issued since July 1965.