|BC008||Regional Definitive - Therell Always be an England, unsigned3||£50.00||Limited Availability|
|BC008A||Regional Definitive - 'There'll Always be an England', signed Winston Churchill (the grandson!)||£55.00||Buy Now|
|BC008F||Regional Definitive - Therell Always be an England, single stamp cover, signed by Alec Stewart||
|BC008C||Regional Definitive - 'There'll Always be an England', signed by Sir Jack Brabham||£65.00||Limited Availability|
Issue Date: 23/04/2001
Issue Name: Regional Definitive - 'There'll Always be an England'
Producer: Buckingham Covers
This cover was produced for the very first issue of the English stamp, featuring the Tudor Rose (see the 65p). Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland had all had their own stamps since 1958, but this was the first one issued for England!
We took our theme from the song, "There'll Always be an England" and our cover celebrates some of England's best-known trademarks: the Tower of London, St George, Winston Churchill, Cricket and 007. It is doubled on the 50th Anniversary of the Festival of Britain and is available signed by the grandson of Sir Winston Churchill (named after the man himself), racing driver Sir Jack Brabham, or by cricketer Alec Stewart.
Saint George was an early Christian martyr. He was born in approximately AD303 in Cappadocia in eastern Asia Minor. His life is obscured by legend but his martydom at Lydda, Palestine, is generally considered a matter of historical fact. It is attested by two early Syrian church inscriptions as one whose name was held in reverence.
The most popular of the legends that have grown up around him relates his encounter with the dragon story that may have been influenced by the Greek myth of Perseus and Andromeda. A pagan town in Libya was victimised by a dragon (representing the devil), which the inhabitants first attempted to placate by offerings of sheep and then by the sacrifice of various members of their community. The daughter of the king (representing the church) was chosen by lot and was taken out to wait hte coming of the monster, but George arrived, killed the dragon, and converted the community to Christianity. In 1222 the Council of Oxford ordered that the feast of Saint George, on April 23rd, be celebrated as a national festival, and in the 14th century he became the patron saint of England and of the Order of the Garter.
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Winston Spencer Churchill (b. London, October 10th, 1940), generally known as Winston Churchill, is a British Conservative politician.
Sir John Arthur Brabham, AO, OBE was an Australian racing driver who was Formula One World Champion in 1959, 1960, and 1966. He was a founder of the Brabham racing team and race car constructor that bore his name.
Alec James Stewart OBE is a former English cricketer, and former captain of the England cricket team, who played Tests and ODIs as a right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman.