A new set of stamps is being issued to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War - including a serviceman returning to Devon and an image of the Plymouth Naval Memorial on the Hoe.

The sergeant is pictured being hugged by his wife and surrounded by young villagers on returning to Oreston near Plymouth from his air base in Lincolnshire.

All the eight images in the set of stamps were originally black and white photos but have been brought to life in colour for the first time by Royston Leonard for this memorial issue.

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The stamps feature images of personnel returning from overseas, the return of children evacuated from cities and celebrations to mark the end of hostilities.

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Four extra stamps show images of official monuments and cemeteries built to honour the fallen, as well as a memorial in Jerusalem to the victims of the Holocaust. The Naval Memorial on Plymouth Hoe is among them.

A stamp of the Plymouth Naval Memorial on the Hoe to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Credit: PA Media