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STAMPS CELEBRATE POPULAR SUMMER PASTIMES IN GREAT BRITAIN

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Summertime is "when the living is easy," said songwriters George and Ira Gershwin. Great Britain concurs with a new set of five stamps titled "Summertime," displaying that country's most popular outdoor events and sporting occasions.

The new designs feature tennis at Wimbledon, yachting at Cowes, cricket at Lord's, the Scottish Highland Games and the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show. Each stamp also bears the silhouette vignette of Queen Elizabeth II in the upper left corner.The "Summertime" theme continues a series of stamps celebrating "seasons" that concludes next year with stamps depicting "Spring-time."

The 19-pence stamp illustrates the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show at Llanelwedd. For four days various farm animals are shown with prizes awarded for the best in show.

The 25-pence has a classic view of tennis at Wimbledon picturing an umpire in his raised chair, ball boys and girls, tennis players and fans.

The 30-pence depicts a flotilla of yachts on the Solent during Cowes Week.

The 35-pence captures a classic English cricket scene with spectators watching a match at Lord's.

The 41-pence stamp shows the Scottish Highland Games, featuring one of the competitors in a throwing event.

The five mint stamps are available for $10.95, first-day covers $12.95, and both for $19.95, from the Great Britain Collectors Society, P.O. Box 480655, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

- Syd Kronish