Royal Mail today (Wednesday September 24th) launches 10 new stamps celebrating the variety and originality of UK seaside architecture including Worthing Pier.
Six Special Stamps feature Eastbourne Bandstand, Tinside Lido, Bangor Pier, Southwold Lighthouse, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and a Bexhill-on-Sea Shelter, while a Miniature Sheet of four stamps the piers of Llandudno, Dunoon, Brighton and Worthing. Southend Pier features as the background image on the Miniature 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.
Worthing’s Environment Cabinet Member, Bryan Turner, said: “Here in Worthing we are really proud of our 150 year old pier. From the Pavilion Theatre on the promenade to the newly regenerated Southern Pavilion it is well used by residents and visitors alike. It is an important feature of our six mile long beach, and is a great place to enjoy the British seaside. We are very pleased that Royal Mail has included our pier in this issue.”
Worthing Town Crier, Bob Smytherman, said “Oyez, Oyez, did you know Worthing has its own stamp?”
The stamps are available from the Royal Mail website, by phone on 03457 641 641 and in 8,000 Post Offices throughout the UK.
All ten stamps can be bought in a Presentation Pack for £10.05. The Miniature Sheet depicting four pier stamps is available for £3.80.
Pictured: Worthing Town Crier Bob Smytherman with Worthing Mayor Vic Walker