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Abbotsbury Swannery Stamp In New Iconic Set

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Published at 8:48am 2nd January 2015.

The special stamp featuring Abbotsbury Swannery in 1992 being highlighted as part of an iconic collection released today.

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, which includes images of the memorable stamps of the South West

The top 10 South West Special Stamps issued are:
"    1968 St. Mary le Post Church Bristol
"    1969 - SS Great Britain - Bristol
"    1975  - Mr Darcy (Jane Austen) - Bath
"    1984 - Bush House - Bristol
"    1988 -English Fleet Leaving Plymouth
"    1992 - Abbotsbury Swannery, Dorset
"    2000 - Eden Project, St. Austell - Cornwall
"    2001 - Meteorological Office - Exeter
"    2006 - Clifton Suspension Bridge Bristol
"    2012- London Olympics 2012 - Gold medal sailor Ben Ainslie - Restronguet

2015 marks the 50th year of the Special Stamp programme, which celebrates events and commemorates anniversaries relevant to UK heritage and life.  
Visitors to the site at www.rmspecialstamps.com can browse through the stamps by the decade and also view the stamps that were issued in the year that they were born.

Criteria for the creation of Special Stamps to celebrate events and commemorate anniversaries relevant to UK heritage and life was devised in 1965 by the then Postmaster General, Tony Benn.
The stamp of Sir Winston Churchill, issued in July of that year, was the first under Benn's administration. It was the first British stamp to feature a contemporary individual and with its bold modernist approach with no words, it set the scene for the future. Including these, 2,663 Special Stamps have been issued. Her Majesty the Queen approves all UK stamp designs before they are printed.
A video presented by broadcaster and historian Dan Snow, which explores how the Special Stamp programme has been shaped by the changing face of the UK, is also hosted on the www.rmspecialstamps.com website.

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