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Battle anniversary call for new coins and stamps

15/10/11- Battle of Hastings Re-enactment, Battle Abbey.  'William of Normandy'.  Photo by Steve Hunnisett

15/10/11- Battle of Hastings Re-enactment, Battle Abbey. 'William of Normandy'. Photo by Steve Hunnisett

THE LEADER of the borough council has called for a special set of stamps and coins to be issued to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

Councillor Jeremy Birch has written to the Royal Mail and the Royal Mint asking for the special commemorations to be made for 2016.

Cllr Birch said: “2016 marks the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, which of course took place in 1066, a date that is said to be the most famous in English history.

“Here in Hastings we are already getting ready to celebrate 2016.

“We have already committed £300 000 of our own money to plan for and hold events, and we have ambitious plans to improve Hastings Castle (the first Norman castle in England), which we have applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund for help with.

“But we think that marking the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings is an event of national significance, as the 900th anniversary was in 1966.

“A series of commemorative stamps was issued then, which I understand are still popular with collectors today.

“I know that the Royal Mail regularly issues special stamps to mark important anniversaries and, indeed, the Royal Mint now also issue special coins for the same reason.

“These special issues take a very long time to plan. I have therefore already written to the chief executives of both organisations to ask them to consider issuing special stamps and coins in 2016 to celebrate this most famous date in English history and, indeed, to celebrate the battle which gave us the English language and the basis of our legal system.”

 

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