TO mark the 25th anniversary of the Settle to Carlisle railway being saved from closure, a special commemorative stamp is being produced.

The special First Day Cover has been suggested by the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line, and is being produced by Adrian Bradbury of British First Day Covers.

The line was proposed for closure by British Rail in 1983, and a six year campaign was fought. Transport Minister Michael Portillo announced it would stay open on April 11 1989.

Special train, walks, talks and other celebratory events are being planned to mark the 25 years.

Vice president of the Friends of the Carlisle-Settle Line, Pete Shaw, said: “This attractive and colourful First Day Cover will make an excellent souvenir to mark 25 years of the Settle-Carlisle route being saved from closure.”

The cover will be available from April 11 from the website or