Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Mayday - Sea Rescue stamps win Design Week Award

News Release 4 March 2009
DESIGN WEEK STAMP OF APPROVAL FOR ROYAL MAIL PHILATELIC DESIGNS

Mayday - Rescue at Sea stamps won in the Print Design category in the Design Week Awards announced last night.

The stamps, designed by Hat-trick, honoured the lifesaving work of the RNLI and Coastguard Agency and were issued in March 2008. The judges praised the stamps: “These stamps are phenomenal and beautiful. The perforation of SOS signal is very clever”. (Of course the image shown above is from the Royal Mail pre-issue publicity and shows conventional perforations instead of the ... --- ... actually on the stamps!)

Royal Mail Design team members Marcus James and Catharine Brandy collected the award at the event ceremony at London's Hilton Hotel on 3 March.

In the same category more stamps received a special commendation – Lest We Forget stamp issued in 2007 commemorated the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele.

Julietta Edgar, Head of Special Stamps, Royal Mail said: “We are delighted with the award; despite their tiny size stamps have always played a major role in showcasing the best of our design talent, requiring imagination and attention to detail that in the case of Mayday - Rescue at Sea even made use of the perforations.”

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