ROYAL MAIL LAUNCHES SPECIAL STAMPS CELEBRATING UK’S PIERS AND SEASIDE ARCHITECTURE
- The issue includes six Special Stamps celebrating the variety and originality of UK seaside architecture and a four-stamp Miniature Sheet featuring iconic piers from across the country
- The stamp set features images of Eastbourne Bandstand, Tinside Lido (Plymouth), Bangor Pier, Southwold Lighthouse, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and a Bexhill-on-Sea Shelter
- The Miniature Sheet stamps pay tribute to the piers of Llandudno, Dunoon, Brighton and Worthing. Southend Pier features as the background image on the sheet
The chosen selection captures distinctive types of seaside architecture from key periods with a range of resort type – large and small, well-known and less so.
The structures represent the key time periods of seaside development from the Victorian and Art Deco eras, to the Modernism of 1930s and up to present day, showing that contemporary design is still used to regenerate these resorts.
All of the chosen structures are fine examples of their type. They have all been newly photographed as vibrant, well-used places to celebrate the resurgence of interest in the British seaside which has happened over the last two decades. The contemporary shelter at Bexhill brings the story right up to date.
Eastbourne Bandstand with its distinctive semi-circular design was opened in 1935 and still hosts well-attended concerts.
Tinside Lido, Plymouth, is a Grade II listed building and one of the best surviving 1930s Art Deco pools in the country.
Bangor Pier was built in the 1890s and was a landing stage for holiday-makers from Liverpool. The stamp shows one of the distinctive kiosks.
Southwold Lighthouse sits within the picturesque Suffolk town. This year marks the 500th anniversary of Trinity House, which operates lighthouses and aids to navigation in England and Wales.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach has countless attractions including the Casino building designed by Joseph Emberton and a nationally important modernist building which opened in 1939. Despite its name, it has never been used for gambling.
Bexhill-on-Sea Shelter is an eight-ton timber and steel cube on the West Parade, one of four modern shelters installed at the East Sussex resort.
Llandudno Pier is the longest pier in Wales and unusual in that it has two entrances. It is a fine example of a classic Victorian pier.
Dunoon Pier in Scotland still sees ships dock and is an interesting timber-framed late Victorian example.
Brighton Pier is the last surviving of the resorts three piers, and its helter-skelter is one of the best examples of its type in the country.
Worthing Pier’s amusement pavilion was built in the 1930s on the Victorian structure, demonstrating how many piers evolved over the decades.