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Royal Mail Stamps Feature York Minster

A-Z UK Part 2 York Minster

12:00am 10th April 2012

Royal Mail is releasing the second and final part of their dramatic 26-stamp, alphabetical odyssey around the UK today, and York Minster is on one of them.

The collection of stamps feature some of the most iconic landmarks in all four countries.

The journey concludes with the launch of UK A-Z Part Two, a set of 14 1st Class stamps which read from M to Z.  These stamps take a fresh look at some of the UK’s most famous sights; ranging from the ancient through to the modern, and from the significant to the spectacular.

With the Royal seal of approval, York Minster has been selected to represent the letter ‘Y’. For almost 50 years Royal Mail’s Special Stamp programme has commemorated and celebrated events and anniversaries pertinent to British heritage, as well as exploring ‘the British way of life’, celebrating the diversity of cultures and interests within the UK.

Today, there are an estimated 2.5 million stamp collectors and gifters in the UK and millions worldwide. Her Majesty the Queen approves all British stamp designs before they are printed.

The A-Z series started in October 2011, when Part 1 saw 12 1st Class stamps featuring the letters A to L, including landmarks such as Downing Street and Angel of the North.

Councillor Sonja Crisp, City of York Council’s cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Social Inclusion said:

“City of York Council is delighted to support the launch of Royal Mail’s new York Minster stamp this month. So many important events are happening in this year. Not only are we are welcoming the new stamp, but also HM The Queen, the Olympic Torch and the Paralympic Flame.”

Hugh Bayley MP for York Central said:

“York Minster is an iconic symbol not just of Yorkshire but of the north of England.  It is a very special spiritual building and it will thrill many people to see it on a stamp.  I hope it encourages people to visit York and see the cathedral itself.”

About York Minster

  • One of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe. 
  • It has a very wide Decorated Gothic nave and chapter house, a Perpendicular Gothic choir and east end and Early English north and south transepts.
  • The Great East Window is the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world.
  • The Minster attracts around 900,000 visitors a year.

York Minster is joined by the following landmarks:

M=Mancester Town Hall

N=Narrow Water Castle

O=Old Bailey

P=Portmeirion, Wales

Q=Queens College, Oxford

R=Roman Baths

S=Stirling Castle

T=Tyne Bridge

U=Urquhart Castle

V=Victoria & Albert Museum

W=White Cliffs of Dover

X=Station X, Bletchley Park

Z=London Zoo

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