First Lady of Jazz on British Christmas postage stamp

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Jazz legend Dame Cleo Laine on a limited edition postage stamps to raise funds for charitable foundation. Stamps to be issued through the once top secret post office at Bletchley Park.

A special Christmas stamp is being released for the 2012 “Cleo’s Christmas” concert at ‘The Stables’ Milton Keynes on 14 December. The stamps and concert will raise funds for The Wavendon Foundation set up by Cleo Laine and the late John Dankworth to support the development of young musicians.

Each sheet of Royal Mail 1st Class Christmas stamps featuring Britian's first lady of jazz is priced at £50. A commemorative envelope bearing a uniquely postmarked single stamp costs £10. They are only available through Bletchley Park Post Office, The Mansion, Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB (01908 363489) or their web site at bletchleycovers.com.

Once the undercover mail room of the Enigma code breakers during World War Two it now issues special stamps to aid Bletchley Park and other charities.
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Note to Editors: Jpeg of stamp sheet and commemorative cover available on request.

Bletchey Park Post Office.
Originally the butler’s quarters in 1990 the small annex to the side of Bletchley Park mansion became an undercover mailroom during World War 2. The then GPO opened it as a sub post office in 1947. It was used as a gift shop when Bletchley Park first opened to the public in 1994. Now a re-creation of a wartime post office it issues philatelic collectibles to help raise funds for Bletchley Park and other charities. These are popular with collectors around the world and can become worth several times their original issue price.

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