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Pigeon Post

…first day cover…

Secret birds of Bletchley Park.

The tiny post office at Bletchley Park is usually associated with the undercover mail of World War Two code breakers. But for the Royal Mail 'Birds' stamp issue on 4th September it is issuing a limited edition first day cover.

Only 250 will be released. The cover design by Clare Pollitt provides a beautiful backdrop to the ten Royal Mail stamps featuring endangered species. The raptor on the cover is also a link to when coded messages where sent by pigeon. Special enemy falconry units were formed to capture them. A new exhibit at Bletchley Park tells that and other stories of 'pigeon post'.

The first day cover can be previewed and ordered through the web site at http://www.bletchleycovers.com or by contacting. Bletchley Park Post Office, The Mansion, Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, MK3 6EB. Tel: 01908 631797/272690. Issue price is £12.50 plus £1.50 post and packing.

4th July 2014