The Manchester Town Hall has found a place in a new series of stamps featuring some of Britain's most iconic landmarks! The 135 year old structure, with its 280 feet tower, will be seen on the stamps according to a report from the Daily Mail.
Apparently the landmarks have been chosen to fill letters from M-Z (from across England, Northern Ireland and Wales. The Daily Mail said the first series of stamps (A-L) were launched on the steps of 10, Downing Street (for the letter "D") last year, by the Palace of Westminster postman, Martyn Hardy, and the Prime Minsiter.
The second series starting was held back because the authorities were stumped by the letter "X"; the problem was eventually solved by the Royal Mail.
"I'm not aware of anywhere beginning with an X in the UK, so we had to be a bit more creative. Some suggested King's Cross station. But Station X is more appropriate because of its rich heritage in the war effort," a Royal Mail source told the Daily Mail.
The photograph, therefore, was one of Bletchley Park - a top secret intelligence centre where the Nazi Enigma code was cracked during WW II. Apparently there was a Station X that maintained contact with British embassies in Europe.
Now that a landmark for "X" has been identified, the next series of Royal stamps will be released on 10 April. To see the stamps, click here...
The Manchester Town Hall is a fine example of neo-gothic architecture and is the office of the Manchester Council. The clock tower outside the building (which opened to the public in 1877) is the structure's most unique feature and weighs eight tons. It is named for the city's former mayor, Abel Heywood, according to Men Media.
"Royal Mail's latest set of stamps is a brilliant celebration of all that's great about the UK's visitor attractions. Our wonderful natural landscapes, our built heritage and all the special places that make this country unique are brought together in a really stylish collection from the Royal Mail, which is a perfect complement to all that's happening in this Jubilee and Olympic year," Tourism Minister John Penrose was quoted as saying.
According to the Mirror, the rest of the collection includes the Roman Baths in Bath, the White Cliffs of Dover and Portmeirion, a Mediterranean-style village in North Wales.