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Beauty spots to appear in our new passports

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: August 27, 2010

Airlington Row in Bibury is now a feature of the British passport

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Travellers who admire the stamps in their passports while waiting in line at airports will soon have views from the West to look at.

The UK passport has been redesigned in the style of a picture book to include scenic images of country life and national landmarks that make it harder to forge.

One of the pages depicts Arlington Row, at Bibury, in the Cotswolds. The iconic terrace of 17th-century cottages now features in the inside page of the newly-designed UK Passport, with some oak leaves, framing the formal royal request for safe passage for the bearer.

But, in a most untraditional twist, the much-photographed typical Cotswold stone houses have been portrayed as bright blue. Arlington Row resident of 26 years with husband John, Caroline Johnson feels the snazzy new makeover's not quite in keeping.

"I hadn't noticed they'd turned blue," she said.

"It's not right as it's not truly representational.

"But it's still a compliment and quite exciting my house is in the passport, although we didn't know anything about it."

The new ticket to travel will be launched in October at the current £77.50 cost.

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