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THE Royal Mail is looking for veterans and descendants of crews on board Merchant Navy ships.

The search comes with Merchant Navy stamps going on sale in September.

Portsmouth Merchant Navy veterans, or families whose ancestors served on the ships, are invited to share stories.

Andrew Hammond, director of stamps and collectables at the Royal Mail, said: ‘We are keen to hear from relatives of those who served on ships that sailed from 1813 to the 1980s, particularly those related to the heroes who sailed the merchant vessels during the Battle of the Atlantic and in the Arctic convoys.

‘As well as families, we would love to hear from surviving crew members themselves from more recent Merchant Navy ships.’

Once the stories are gathered, selected people will be invited to a reception aboard the Cutty Sark.

To share stories, email or call Miki on 07900 690574.