Leeds boxer featured on Royal Mail’s Special Stamps

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Leeds boxer Nicola Adams is just one of many Yorkshire personalities and iconic images to have featured on Rail Mail’s Special Stamps - which this year celebrates 50 years.

The first, a ground-breaking, modern image of Winston Churchill, was issued in 1965 and was the first time someone other than the monarch appeared on a stamp.

Royal Mail has launched an online gallery featuring every one of the 2,663 special stamps issued - including the stamp pictured above of Miss Adams, who featured alongside Alistair Brownlee and all other British gold medal winners in the London 2012 Olympics.

Royal Mail’s Stamp Strategy Manager, Philip Parker, said the criteria for Special Stamps has remained “virtually unchanged” since it was introduced by postmaster general Tony Benn, who brought in new designers to radicalise the look of stamps, to much criticism

Yorkshire landmarks featured on Special Stamps include York Minster, The Deep in Hull and Salts Mill in Saltaire.