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Stamps mark seaside architecture

Ten new stamps celebrating the variety and originality of the UK's seaside architecture are being launched by the Royal Mail today.

The selection features distinctive types of architecture from resorts large and small, from the Victorian and art deco eras, to 1930s' modernism up to the present day.

Among six special stamps are images of Eastbourne's blue-domed seafront bandstand, along with a modern shelter further east on the East Sussex coast in Bexhill-on-Sea.

Images of the art deco Tinside Lido in Plymouth, Bangor Pier in north Wales, Southwold Lighthouse in Suffolk and Blackpool pleasure beach make up the six.

Meanwhile, a miniature sheet of four stamps has been produced, paying tribute to the piers of Llandudno, Dunoon, Brighton and Worthing, with Southend Pier as the background image.

Royal Mail said all of the attractions have been newly photographed to mark the "resurgence of interest in the British seaside" in the past two decades.

Royal Mail spokesman Andrew Hammond said: "This stamp issue captures the spirit of the seaside experience through the buildings and structures that are so distinctive of the UK's resorts, which were designed for the pleasure of the visitor."

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.

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