Issue Date: 25/03/2014
Issue Name: Remarkable Lives - Roy Plomley
Producer: Buckingham Covers
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of ten particularly exceptional individuals. Their achievements have each influenced their respective fields beyond measure. We have split the ten stamps over two covers and this cover has five of the ten stamps and features Roy Plomley OBE, Kenneth Gilbert More CBE, Dylan Marlais Thomas, Barbara Ward and Joseph 'Joe' Mercer OBE.
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of ten particularly exceptional individuals. Their achievements have each influenced their respective fields beyond measure.
Roy Plomley OBE (20 January 1914 - 28 May 1985) was well known for his creation and subsequent presenting career of the popular radio program Desert Island Discs. Plomley appeared as a guest in his own right in 1942. Desert Island Discs continues to this day with Kirsty Young and remains very popular.
Kenneth Gilbert More CBE (20 September 1914 – 12 July 1982) came to prominance as an actor during the 50s particularly in the role of Ambrose Claverhouse in ‘Genevieve’ (1953) and Douglas Bader in ‘Reach for the Sky’ (1956).
Dylan Marlais Thomas (27 October 1914 - 9 November 1953) was a celebrated poet and writer. He also gave many reading tours and broadcasts. One of his most famous pieces was 'Do not go gentle into that good night'.
Barbara Ward (23 May 1914 – 31 May 1981) also known as Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth was a noted economist and broadcaster. She focused on the problems of developing countries and was a pioneer in terms of the environment and sustainable development.
Joseph 'Joe' Mercer OBE (9 August 1914 – 9 August 1990) was famous for being a footballer and manager. Despite the war, Mercer (then a Sergeant Major) went on to play in 26 wartime internationals. Mercer played 275 times for Arsenal and when injury halted his playing career, became manager for Manchester City, Coventry City and England.
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Sue Lawley OBE is an English broadcaster and has signed this lovely cover for us.