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2005 - The Little Mermaid

Date of Issue: 3 February 2005.

Alderney is endorsing its 2005 ``Sea Alderney`` tourism theme and the nautical theme of this year` Alderney Week with a new set of stamps from Alderney features Hans Christian Anderson` classic tale ``The Little Mermaid``. Designed by Nick Watton, this enchanting 5-stamp set commemorates the bicentenary of Hans Christian Anderson whose magical and immortal tale ``The Little Mermaid`` tells the story of the youngest daughter of the Sea King. The 26p value shows the mermaid tending the garden of her undersea castle home, the 32p stamp has her rescuing a shipwrecked prince, and the 36p depicts her leaving the lair of the sea witch. The 40p value shows the now human mermaid forsaking the ocean to help the prince marry another and, finally, the 65p issue features the lovelorn heroine amongst the ``daughters of the air`` - a station between earth and heaven controlled by the tears of naughty children.

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