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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.

Poll finds majority supports 2nd runway at Gatwick

The majority of Gatwick's local community supports a second runway and 60% of residents think it's important for the local economy

Those are the findings of a poll conducted by the airport. It's expansion plans faces opposition from campaigners but bosses at the airport the survey is encouraging.

ITV Meridian spoke to David McMillan from Gatwick Airport.

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Dream Homes

As part of a special series ITV Meridian has been looking at some of the best buildings in the South - the homes you've always wanted to live in with luxuries most of us can only dream of.

All the homes are finalists in the RIBA Awards - the Oscars of architecture.

Our first, is a stunning home in Surrey offering a family a lifestyle they had only dreamed of. Stacey Poole has been for a tour.

Berkshire adventurer embarks on 205-mile kayak

Hannah White is paddling her kayak for 205 miles Credit: Hannah White

Sailor and adventurer Hannah White is urging people to support her as she embarks on a 205-mile solo Kayak from Portishead to Gravesend. The Berkshire-born broadcaster is paddling in the kayak in aid of the RNLI, hoping to raise vital funds and awareness.

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