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. (wikipedia, official site) The first pier in the UK was completed at Ryde on the Isle of Wight on 26 July 1814, so celebrating it's 200th anniversary tomorrow.
The Eastbourne Bandstand 1st class stamp, with its brass band, includes the EUROPA logo, which is Royal Mail's nod to the Post-Europ 2014 theme of 'National music instruments'.
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, against a backdrop of the pier at Southend-on-Sea, the longest in the country (so we can expect a special postmark for Southend!):
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.
More details and first day postmarks on our website.
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