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ROYAL Mail is looking for veterans and descendants of Merchant Navy ships over the past 200 years.

Families whose ancestors served with the Merchant Navy are being invited to share their stories and celebrate the heritage of civilian seafarers ahead of the launch of a series of stamps.

Andrew Hammond, the director of stamps and collectables at 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.’

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

Email merchantnavy@, or call 07900 690 574 to take part or write to Merchant Navy Campaign, Office 101, 145-147 Boston Road, Ealing, London, W7 3SA.

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