CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Devon Life today CLICK HERE

RNLI Stamp launch

PUBLISHED: 15:41 18 March 2008 | UPDATED: 15:05 20 February 2013

Appledore stamp on Lifeboat. By Nigel Millard

Appledore stamp on Lifeboat. By Nigel Millard

The RNLI lifeboat crew volunteers at Appledore were called out to an emergency search today, just as they began the launch of a special stamp set being produced by the Royal Mail. Both the all weather and inshore lifeboats...

The RNLI lifeboat crew volunteers at Appledore were called out to an emergency search today, just as they began the launch of a special stamp set being produced by the Royal Mail. Both the all weather and inshore lifeboats were sent to Putsborough in Woolacombe Bay after reports of an unidentified object in the water. Shortly after being launched, they were recalled when an RAF helicopter crew reported the object as being discarded fishing nets.



It's the first time the RNLI has been featured on a UK stamp for more than 20 years. The special edition Mayday - Rescue at Sea stamp set goes on sale on 13 March and features the work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution at four of the charity's lifeboat stations, including Appledore, as well as the role of HM Coastguard.



The new six stamp 'Mayday - Rescue at Sea' issue will run to over 30 million stamps. Four of the set feature RNLI lifeboats: at Appledore (46 pence stamp), St Ives in Cornwall (54p stamp), Tenby in Wales (78p stamp), and Barra in Scotland (1st class stamp).



Martin Cox, RNLI Coxswain at Appledore, says he's delighted that the station's Tyne class all weather lifeboat, George Gibson, is to feature on the 46p stamp:



'Last year we launched the George Gibson on 17 occasions to emergency call-outs, each time with a crew of volunteers. Conditions can be miserable, and often we're called out when everyone else has had the sense to stay ashore. This stamp is a way of reminding people about the work our charity does, and the incredible dedication and bravery of the many volunteers who keep our lifeboats afloat.'



Julietta Edgar, Head of Special Stamps, Royal Mail says the photography captures the real drama of life saving at sea:



'We felt it was vital to capture the incredibly testing conditions the men and women of the RNLI often work under for the stamps to have the best impact. The new set is a special tribute to the RNLI as a charity, and the Coastguard, that will be seen by countless people on letters and parcels around the world. We hope the Mayday - Rescue at Sea stamps will remind us of the immense courage and bravery of all who are involved in maritime search and rescue.'



The RNLI, with the help of Buckingham Covers - a specialist producer of first day covers - has created a unique set of first day covers featuring the Royal Mail Mayday - Rescue at Sea stamps. There will also be a limited edition special stamp sheet featuring ten RNLI lifeboats and a lifeguard rescue watercraft, from around the coast of the UK. The RNLI aims to raise up to 20,000 for the proposed RNLI Memorial Garden at the charity's headquarters in Poole.


2008 is also the centenary of the adoption of the SOS distress signal, and to mark this anniversary Royal Mail has worked with Walsall Security Printers to re-create the famous sequence of 'dots' and 'dashes' along the top and bottom edges of the stamps.

0 comments

More from Out & About

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

With breathtaking beaches, rolling countryside, stately homes and unique villages, it’s no wonder high-profile film productions flock to Devon - how well do you know the movies that have set up camp here however?

Read more
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Whether it’s on our beautiful beaches, in our magnificent moors or within our stunning stately homes, film productions are constantly setting up in Devon. Here are 16 that you might not know used the county as a filming location

Read more
Friday, October 26, 2018

From angry spirits to headless horses and ghoulish monks, Devon has more than a few supernatural stories to get your skin crawling. We have picked 11 haunted places in the county

Read more
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

October is the perfect time to discover the joys of Exmoor. Jennette Baxter of Visit Exmoor suggests five great ways to enjoy autumn on the moor

Read more
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Wild camping can be one of the best ways to escape the crowds for a night or two and lose yourself in the landscape - SOPHIE PAVELLE chooses her five favourite places to ‘wild-life’ camp in Devon

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

From sandy beaches and lighthouse-topped cliffs to views of the Jurassic Coast, the Devon coastline offers many perfect locations for a seaside walk. We pick 10 of the prettiest routes to take

Read more
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Take our quiz to find out how well you really know Devon

Read more
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

As the weather starts to warm up and the Devon countryside beckons, LIZZIE JANE of the National Trust in the South West offers plenty of walk ideas for you to try. Whether you want a relaxed Sunday stroll or a more strenuous hike, here are 10 walks across Devon (and beyond) to help you escape the crowds and head off the beaten track

Read more
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The South West Coast Path is celebrating 40 years by calling on people to help raise £40,000. To show their support, teams from Devon’s top tourist attractions are preparing to take to the trail. CHRISSY HARRIS finds out more

Read more
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Away from the hustle of places like Woolacombe and Ilfracombe, North Devon is peppered with tiny coves, empty beaches and wooded walks leading to secluded bays that feel a million miles away from the tourist trail. BECKY DICKINSON reveals her pick of the best kept secrets on the North Devon coast

Read more
Friday, September 14, 2018

As part of her regular series where she visits Devon’s best places for 24 hours, Lydia Tewkesbury has this time been to Sidmouth

Read more
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ranging from rocky and windy walkways along the South West Coast Path to the sandy beaches on the picturesque coastline, the district of North Devon is one of the prettiest coastal areas in the South West of England. In no particular order, here are 10 of the prettiest villages in the district of North Devon

Read more
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

In Devon’s towns and cities there’s an awful lot you can do in just 24 hours. For her regular feature, Lydia Tewkesbury travels to see what you can do in a day in Kingsbridge

Read more
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Villages in Devon are some of the prettiest in the South West. From beautiful little hamlets on the outskirts of the moors to seaside communities, we pick 10 villages in Devon you need to visit

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy



Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search