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Guernsey Postal Services 2005 Issue
Design by Peter Furness

The Homecoming

Guernsey Postal Service will issue a new Miniature sheet stamp that has a postage value of 2 pounds named "The Homecoming" on the 27th of October 2005. This Miniature sheet is being issued to remember the home coming of the islanders after WWII. It was on the 3rd of September 1939 that war was declared on Great Britain. The islanders of Alderney immediately went to their homes and families and began to prepare for war. But as time went on, it was consider sadly futile that they would be able to protect the island against the mighty German Army. In June 1940, all British troops were withdrawn and the civilian population of the island was given the opportunity to evacuate to England. Almost all of the 1,450 people of Alderney left with only a few farmers and older people refusing to leave. On Sunday, 23rd of June, six small cargo ships arrived to evacuate the island. All livestock was set loose, vehicles were disabled and islanders packed only what they could carry and buried or hid the rest. It was not until 5 and a half year later that the island was freed by a small British force on May 16 1945. When the islanders return they found their island was devastated. They began to rebuild their lives and their homes but it took several years of hard work and determination to rebuild their communities. The Homecoming stamp symbolizes the ending of the occupation with the sun setting over the island putting behind the scars of war.

"The Homecoming" Miniature Sheet stamp can be purchased as a miniature sheet, Presentation Pack, or FDC. The size of each stamp is 61.12mm x 76mm with a sheet size of 80mm x 140mm. Perforation size of the stamp is 13.75 The sheet will be printed by BDT International using the Offset Lithography Printing process with 110 gram per meter square unwatermarked PVA Adhesive paper.

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