Sheffield steel gets first class recognition in new Royal Mail stamp

The stainless steel stamp is part of a set to celebrate British inventions
The stainless steel stamp is part of a set to celebrate British inventions
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Sheffield’s steel industry heritage is getting first class recognition as part of a set of special Royal Mail stamps issued to mark Britain’s history of inventions.

The new ‘Inventive Britain’ special stamp set will include one on stainless steel, arguably Sheffield’s best known and most important contribution.

A range of new postmarks will be used throughout February celebrating the inventions - stainless steel will feature on letters posted on February 21.

Royal Mail vans will also be decked out in stainless steel designs in Sheffield.

Other stamps which feature as part of the set of eight include the invention of the interne and reflective ‘catseyes’ on roads.

Andrew Hammond, Royal Mail director of stamps, said, “Great Britain has a long and proud history of developing world-changing innovations.

“From the splitting of the atom to the discovery of penicillin to the invention of the jet engine, Britain’s creative and resourceful spirit has crossed the breadth of science and technology.”