What a year 2012 is for the UK. First the Queens Diamond Jubilee, then we have the Olympic Games, being held from 27th July to 12th August. We are a buzz with Olympic mania as the whole Country becomes more & more eager to win some Gold.
Royal Mail will be recognising the achievements of every single one of Team GB's Gold Medallists by issuing Gold Medal stamps the very next day after their win. The main image of the stamp will be (wherever possible) a photograph of the athlete or team in action from their gold medal winning final. Where this is not possible, the image will be of the athlete’s gold medal winning journey taken from a heat or from their gold medal award moment on the podium. Royal Mail’s team of picture editors, graphic designers, etc, will be ready & waiting to capture the moment when Team GB win a Gold.
Sally Gunnell OBE, officially launched Royal Mail's exciting Campaignan and as an Olympic gold medallist in the 400m hurdles at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games, Sally is one of Britain’s most successful athletes.
Sally, an Olympic gold medallist in the 400m hurdles at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games, and one of Britain’s most successful athletes, has showcased the special stamp. The stamp will feature, wherever possible, photographs of the Team GB athlete or team in action from their gold medal winning final. This will be the first time any host country has used action shots for Gold Medal stamps and issued them immediately, during the Games.
This will be the first time any host country has used action shots for Gold Medal stamps and issued them next day, during the Games. This will also be a first for next day stamps from Royal Mail.
500 selected UK Post Offices will issue the Gold medal stamps by lunchtime the next day and on www.royalmail.com after each gold medal win by Team GB. They will then be distributed three times during the Games to a further 4,500 Post Offices nationwide. Plus, for the first time many of the 500 selected Post Offices will be open on Sundays during the Games.
Moya Greene, Royal Mail Chief Executive, said: “Royal Mail is proud to be involved in this once in a lifetime event and to recognise the success of Team GB. Our Gold Medal stamps will be unique souvenirs of the Games, marking the great achievements of our talented athletes. They will be a special way for people across the country to celebrate Team GB’s gold medal wins and help mark their amazing achievement. We look forward to issuing many Gold Medal stamps to honour Team GB’s victories.”
The Gold Medal stamps form part of a special line-up of Royal Mail’s Olympic products and Royal Mail's 'Welcome to the Olympic Games’ special stamps will go on sale on 27th July, which is the day of the opening ceremony. Then, on 29th August, Royal Mail will also become the first postal administration, whose country is hosting the Games to issue a set of stamps to celebrate the start of the Paralympics Games. In January, London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games definitive stamps went on sale, marking the Olympic year. This followed the issue of 30 stamps reflecting all the sports competed at the Games in a three-part series between 2009 and 2011. All the Olympic collection series can be purchased from their website so Be the first to get your hands on them by popping over there now.
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