THE first part of a set of 26 stamps taking a first class alphabetical tour of the UK features two iconic Scottish landmarks.
The Forth Railway Bridge and Edinburgh Castle will feature on the stamps which are taking an A-Z tour around some of the most iconic landmarks in the UK.
The first part of the journey commences on 13 October with the launch of UK A-Z Part One, which reads from A to L.
Mike Crockart, MP for Edinburgh West and Thomas Docherty, MP for Dunfermline and West Fife today (Mon) joined forces at the Forth Railway Bridge to launch the new stamps featuring the iconic bridge.
The Bridge spans the Firth of Forth which links the two constituencies.
Mr Crockart said: “The Forth Rail Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in Scotland and around the world. I am delighted that the Royal Mail has included it in its latest special collection.”
Mr Docherty said: “The Forth Bridge is without doubt Scotland’s most iconic man-made structure. As someone who worked on the Bridge refurbishment project before I was elected I take particular pride at the Bridge’s place in our national heritage and welcome the latest accolade given to it by Royal Mail.’
The Forth Bridge – representing letter F- was opened on 4 March 1890. The bridge acts as a major artery connecting the north-east and south-east of the country.
Ian McKay, Director of Scottish Affairs, Royal Mail Group said: “Our A to Z stamps showcase some of the nation’s most famous features, celebrating areas across the UK that are enjoyed by millions of people. Not only are these places much loved landmarks, they also reflect the variety of structures and sights which can be found across the UK.
“The Forth Bridge is such an iconic Scottish landmark and it makes for a wonderfully powerful image on a 1st Class stamp.”
The set of 12 stamps feature the following landmarks:
A = Angel of the North
B = Blackpool Tower
C = Carrick-a-Rede
D = Downing Street
E = Edinburgh Castle
F = Forth Railway Bridge
G = Glastonbury Tor
H = Harlech Castle
I = Ironbridge
J = Jodrell Bank
K = Kursaal (Southend)
L = Lindisfarne Priory
A-Z Part Two, covering letters M to Z, will follow in April 2012.