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Regional pictorial issues

Although Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland separated from the Machin definitive style in 1999, an expected flourish of pretty regional stamps has not occurred and we’ve had the same four basic designs ever since.

Apart from an adjustment in 2003 which produced a white border instead of the image going right to the edges, the quite odd images have remained. This is quite surprising, especially bearing in mind how dark some are, notably the Scottish tartan and Welsh leek, and the fuss made by Royal Mail about colours in our mainstream issues!

England joined the ‘Regional’ party in 2001 too with another four uninspiring designs also surviving umpteen rate changes over the years. I don’t know where this group is going as there are also the ‘Smilers’ and other small format issues with potential regional appeal. Some, like flags, I have included here.