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New stamps celebrate seasides in the south east

Ten new stamps celebrating the variety and originality of the UK's seaside architecture are being launched by the Royal Mail today.

The selection features distinctive types of architecture from resorts large and small, from the Victorian and art deco eras, to 1930s' modernism up to the present day.

Among six special stamps are images of Eastbourne's blue-domed seafront bandstand, along with a modern shelter further east on the East Sussex coast in Bexhill-on-Sea.

Eastbourne's seafront bandstand is featured on one of the stamps Credit: Royal Mail

Meanwhile, a miniature sheet of four stamps has been produced, paying tribute to the piers of Llandudno, Dunoon, Brighton and Worthing, with Southend Pier as the background image.

This shelter in Bexhill-on-Sea is featured on one of the stamps Credit: Royal Mail

"This stamp issue captures the spirit of the seaside experience through the buildings and structures that are so distinctive of the UK's resorts, which were designed for the pleasure of the visitor."

– Royal Mail spokesman Andrew Hammond

All ten stamps can be bought in a presentation pack for £10.05. The miniature sheet depicting four pier stamps is available for £3.80.

Birth at roadside renews calls for maternity unit

From the point of the view of her mother, Amelia's timing could not have been worse.

She was born at the roadside - on the way from Eastbourne to the nearest maternity unit more than 20 miles away at Hastings.

But from the point of view of campaigners - fighting to restore full maternity services to Eastbourne - baby Amelia's timing could not have been better.

Her dramatic arrival comes as health inspectors assess the impact of downgrading services, including maternity, in East Sussex. Andy Dickenson has the story.

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Boost for campaign to restore maternity services

The hospital at Eastbourne Credit: Meridian

From the point of the view of her mother, Amelia's timing could not have been worse. She was born at the roadside - on the way from Eastbourne to the nearest maternity unit more than 20 miles away at Hastings. But from the point of view of campaigners - fighting to restore full maternity services to Eastbourne - baby Amelia's timing could not have been better. Her dramatic arrival comes as health inspectors assess the impact of downgrading services, including maternity, in East Sussex. More later.

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Fury over "favouritism" for Eastbourne

A Government minister came to the south coast today, after accusations that Eastbourne Pier was getting vital cash for a rebuild - at the expense of its neighbour, Hastings.

Both piers suffered devastating fires - Eastbourne last week, Hastings in 2010. But within days, the Prime Minister announced he was giving two million pounds for Eastbourne's rebuild.

Hastings had to go through the long process of a lottery application before public momey was forthcoming, leading to accusations from the Labour Party that the Tories were playing politics.

David Johns reports, speaking to Penny Mordaunt MP, and the Leader of Hastings Borough Council, Jeremy Birch.

PM visits Eastbourne to announce £2m pier fund

Following the raging fire that took hold of Eastbourne pier on Wednesday, the prime minister visited the seaside town to announce vital funding for the pier. Two million pounds have been set aside by the government to help rebuild the iconic Sussex landmark. John Ryall sends this report from Eastbourne.

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