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Signed First Day Cover
Certified: Private Signings
For your consideration and for auction I offer a
FIRST DAY COVER PERSONALLY SIGNED BY MICHAEL HOWARD.
The FDC produced by Buckingham Covers, carries a pictorial image of No 10 Downing Street and features six of the stamps from the A-Z of the United Kingdom set released in 2011.
The 1st class stamps depict the following landmarks;
Angel of the North Blackpool Tower Carrick-a-Rede Downing
Steet Edinburgh Castle Forth Railway Bridge
The stamps in further detail;
Angel of the North
... is a contemporary steel sculpture designed by Antony Gormley,
which is located just outside Gateshead. Standing 20 metres
(66 ft) tall, with wings measuring 54 metres (177 ft) across,
the wings are angled 3.5º forward to create "a sense of embrace". It stands
on a hill on the southern edge of Low Fell, overlooking the A1 and A167
roads into Tyneside and the East Coast Main Line rail route, south of the
site of Team Colliery.
... is a tourist attraction in Blackpool, Lancashire. It was opened to the
public on 14 May 1894. Inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, it rises to
158m (518 ft 9 inches). The Tower is a member of the World
Federation of Great Towers. The tower can be seen from most places within a
30-mile (48 km) radius including Barrow-in-Furness, Lancaster,
Liverpool, Manchester, Preston, Chorley and Southport. It is a Grade 1
The rope suspension bridge at Carrick-a-Rede, near Ballintoy, County Antrim,
Northern Ireland was originally built by salmon fishermen.The bridge links
the mainland to the tiny Carrick Island and is owned and maintained by the
National Trust, it spans twenty metres and is thirty metres above the rocks
below. Today the bridge is a year round tourist attraction, with 247,000
visitors in 2009.
Probably the most famous front door in the world 10 Downing Street is the
headquarters of Her Majesty's Government and the official residence and
office of the First Lord of the Treasury, who is now always the Prime
Minister. The townhouse, from which the modern building gets its name, was
one of several built by Sir George Downing between 1682 and 1684. In 1732,
George II offered the property to Sir Robert Walpole who accepted on the
condition that they were a gift to the office of First Lord of the Treasury
rather than to him personally.
Dominating the skyline of Edinburgh, from its position atop the volcanic
Castle Rock, There has been a royal castle here since the reign of David I
in the 12th century. The site continued to be a royal residence until the
Union of the Crowns in 1603. As one of the most important fortresses in the
Kingdom of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle has been involved in many historical
conflicts, from the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century, up to
the Jacobite Rising of 1745, and has been besieged, both successfully and
unsuccessfully, on several occasions. From the later 17th century, the
castle became a military base, with a large garrison. Its importance as a
historic monument was recognised from the 19th century, and various
restoration programmes have been carried out since.
Forth Railway Bridge
The Forth Bridge is a cantilever railway bridge over the Firth of Forth in
the east of Scotland, to the east of the Forth Road Bridge, and
14 kilometres (9 miles) west of central Edinburgh. It was opened
on 4 March 1890. It is often called the Forth Rail Bridge or Forth Railway
Bridge to distinguish it from the Forth Road Bridge although it has been
called the "Forth Bridge" since its construction and had for over seventy
years the sole claim to this name. Manchester
The cover which is postmarked at Downing Street on the first day of issue, 13th October 2011, has been handsigned by Michael Howard, a former Home Secretary and Leader of the Conservative Party and is in fine condition,
The Rt Hon Michael Howard MP (b.1941) and was educated at Llanelli
Grammar School he later read law at Peterhouse, Cambridge and following a
successful career at the Bar became a QC in 1982. His Parliamentary
career began in 1983 as Member for Folkestone and Hythe. Howard rose
through the ranks to become Employment, then Environment Secretary and
finally Home Secretary under John Major premiership. He introduced both
the poll tax and its replacement, the council tax. Following John
Major's resignation in 1997 he campaigned for leadership but was
unsuccessful. He served as Shadow Foreign Secretary for two years
standing down in 1999. In 2001 he returned as Shadow Chancellor of the
Exchequer until 2003 when he became Leader of the Conservative Party
until 2005. In March 2006 he announced that he would be retiring at the
next general election after more than a quarter of a century in
Parliament. On 28 May In 2010, it was announced in the Dissolution Honours List that Michael Howard would become a Conservative Life Peer in the House of Lords. His title was gazetted in the afternoon of 13 July 2010 as Baron Howard of Lympne, of Lympne in the County of Kent.
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