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Friday, May 1, 2015

Guernsey 2015
70th Anniversary of Liberation






As any Islander knows, you can't wander far in Guernsey without coming across its war defences, which act as a stark reminder of the harsh attacks its occupants suffered during World War II.  The first raid, when the island was attacked by air, occurred on June 28, 1940, killing 33 islanders and injuring a further 67.

Thankfully, around 4,000 people - mainly children - had been evacuated in the months before the attack. The German Occupation began two days later, on June 30, and lasted for almost five years later, when the island was finally liberated on May 9. 

This year, which is the 70th anniversary of Liberation, is set to be the biggest celebration in years with a parade including 135 pre-1946 European military vehicles and vintage cars, tractors and motorcycles.  Other events including a trilogy of films about the occupation made in Guernsey will be screened at the Town Church.

And Dawn Gallienne, head of philatelic at Guernsey Post, believes it’s really important to commemorate the closure of one of the most difficult periods in the island’s recent history. 

GY Letter: Two young boys enjoying their first tast of chocolate
GY Large Letter: The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry Band
UK Letter: Col. H.R. Power, OBE, MC, Chief Civil Affairs Officer
EUR Letter: Petty Officer J.D. Langlois of the Royal Navy
UK Large Letter: Landing Ship Tank US-516 in St Peter Port Harbour
ROW Letter: Royal visit of HM King George VI and Queen Elizabeth




ISSUE DATE: 1 May 2015
NOMINAL VALUE: GY Letter, GY Large Letter,
UK Letter, EUR Letter,
UK Large Letter, ROW Letter
STAMP DESIGN: Bridget Yabsley
PRINTER: Cartor Security Printing
PAPER: 110gsm Unwatermarked PVA Adhesive
PRINTING PROCESS: Offset Lithography
STAMP SIZE: 30 mm x 48 mm
MINIATURE SHEET: -
PERFORATION: 13.25 x 13.25
SHEET LAYOUT: 10
CYLINDER: A



SET OF 6 STAMPS

GUERNSEY POST PRICE: £3.62






FIRST DAY COVER (FDC)

GUERNSEY POST PRICE: £4.82






PRESENTATION PACK

GUERNSEY POST PRICE: £4.52






PRESTIGE BOOKLET

GUERNSEY POST PRICE: £14.48



SHEETS OF 10

GUERNSEY POST PRICE: £36.20