Bandstand given the stamp of approval

Janet Coles with the stamp
Janet Coles with the stamp
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The iconic Eastbourne Bandstand on the seafront features in a new set of special stamps issued by Royal Mail.

The set of six, celebrating the the variety and originality of the UK’s seaside architecture, went on sale yesterday (Thursday).

The Mayor of Eastbourne, Cllr Janet Coles, helped launch the First Class bandstand stamp which depicts a photograph of musicians in full swing with the sea in the background.

The structure, a source of pride for residents, will now be admired by a much wider audience in letterboxes throughout the country.

Other stamps in the series are Tinside Lido (Plymouth), Bangor Pier, Southwold Lighthouse, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and a seafront shelter at Bexhill.

Royal Mail has also issued a miniature sheet of four stamps paying tribute to the piers of Brighton, Worthing, Llandudno and Dunoon. Southend Pier features as the background image on the miniature sheet.

The current Eastbourne Bandstand, billed today as the busiest in the UK, was built in 1935 with a unique semi-circular design and blue domed roof. It has a main arena, middle and upper balconies and seats for 1,600.

The building of the bandstand formed part of the main seafront improvements, cost £28,000 to construct and was surmounted with a stainless steel spire. The project engineer was Leslie Rosevere.

The first concerts were given on July 28 1935 with a total of 10,400 attending all three concerts and paying 3d each. The bandstand was officially opened on August 5 that year by the Lord Lieutenant of the county, Lord Leconfield, with an audience of 8,000 attending.

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.” The stamps are available at www.royalmail.com/seasidearchitecture, by phone on 03457 641 641 and in 8,000 Post Offices throughout the UK.