Issue Date: 19/03/2002
Issue Name: British Coastlines - The White Cliffs of Dover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
There aren't many places in the world that have such strong connections with important moments in history as the White Cliffs of Dover does. The name alone conjures up visions of Spitfires in dogfights over the Channel, rationing, Air-Raid sirens and the sound of Forces Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn wafting over the airwaves....
The site was incredibly important during WWII as it housed a huge command centre as well as a hospital in the labyrinth of tunnels carved deep within the Cliffs themselves. Thankfully those tunnels are now a tourist attraction and well worth a visit.
This cover celebrates the iconic White Cliffs and is postmarked in Dover, with a seagull (very appropriate!). It features five of the Coastline stamps and a choice of two incredible signatures: Dame Vera Lynn, who performed the famous song (now sold out, sorry) or Sir Chay Blyth, the first person ever to sail non-stop around the world aboard a 59 foot boat called British Steel.
The National Trust - Neptune Coastline Campaign
Enterprise Neptune was set up in 1965 with three main areas of interest: to alert people to the pressures facing the undeveloped coast: to acquire and own unspoilt coastline for permanent preservation and public acces: to raise money for new coastal purchases, their endowment and immediate repair. Wen the National Trust takes on a length of coastline, it tries to protect the whole landscape, which forms the backdrop to the seashore. This usually involves buying the hinterland, sometimes as far as inland as the skyline. Important coastline protected by the National Trust includes Robin Hood's Bay on the North Yorkshire coast, sections of the White Cliffs of Dover and Lizard Point and St Michael's Mount in Cornwall.
The trust protects more than 40% of the Cornish coast and over 138 miles of the Welsh coast. Today it is not ust unspoilt coastline that is being acquired but also areas such as the coal blackened Durham coast, where there is an opportunity to return the despoiled land to some of its former glory.
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Dame Vera Margaret Lynn CH DBE OStJ, widely known as "the Forces' Sweetheart", is an English singer of traditional pop, songwriter and actress, whose musical recordings and performances were enormously popular during the Second World War.
Sir Chay Blyth CBE known as Chay Blyth, is a Scottish yachtsman and rower. He was the first person to sail single-handed non-stop westwards around the world, on a 59-foot boat called British Steel.