Jersey releases Red Cross stamps

To coincide with Liberation Day celebrations in Jersey on 9 May the Jersey Post is to release new stamps commemorating the 150th anniversary of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement.

Jersey Post will donate a part of the sales of the six stamps and the miniature sheet to the British Red Cross to buy an emergency support vehicle for Jersey.

One of the designs features the SS Vega, the Red Cross boat that brought supplies to Jersey towards the end of the Nazi occupation.

During the occupation, which lasted from 1940-1945, the Red Cross postal system kept islanders in touch with their families overseas. After the Allied armies landed in Normandy in June 1944 the Channel Islands were cut off from German supply lines and Red Cross food parcels then became vital for the survival of the islanders.

Stamp artist Nick Shewring designed the new stamps, which also come in presentation packs. Collectors of Jersey stamps may order them on the Jersey Post website.

Jersey was liberated from Nazi occupation on 9 May 1945 and the event is always marked by a public holiday.