Codebreakers put stamp on fashion

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BLETCHLEY Park Post Office, once the undercover mailroom of the codebreakers, has been refurbished and re-opened.

Standing as a re-creation of a 1940s wartime post office, the building will now be in working order enabling visitors to send mail from it.

It will not, however, be part of the official sub post office network under Royal Mail, though it will be classified as a Royal Mail Key Account with regard to the provision of stamps and other related post office items.

The main purpose of the refurbishments was to provide a better re-creation of a 1940s post office for the public.

Visitors will get an insight into how wartime mail was handled, particularly at such a secret establishment as Bletchley Park.

The work comes hot on the heels of Royal Mail approving a special Milton Keynes postmark for the new Great British Fashion stamp.

The release is the third such postmark following on from the extremely popular Alan Turing Centenary in February and the Station X issue in April.

For the latest Fashion issue a 1940s theme was used to tie in with Bletchley Park’s ever popular Forties Festival Weekend, which was held last weekend.

The first day cover that carried the new stamps took inspiration from the work of fashion illustrator Rene Grau.