26 April 2012
The design of Royal Mail’s Gold Medal stamps, which will recognise the achievements of every Team GB win at the London 2012 Olympic Games, have been officially launched by Sally Gunnell OBE. ...
The design of Royal Mail’s Gold Medal stamps, which will recognise the achievements of every Team GB win at the London 2012 Olympic Games, have been officially launched by Sally Gunnell OBE.
The stamp will feature photographs of the Team GB athlete or team in action from their gold medal winning final, wherever possible, making the stamps the first to use action shots for Gold Medal stamps that are issued during the Games.
A statement from Royal Mail said: ‘The stamps will be on sale by lunchtime the next day at 500 selected Post Office Branches across the UK. The special stamps will then be distributed three times during the Games to a further 4,500 Post Office Branches operating as normal across the UK. This is the first time Royal Mail has ever issued next day stamps.’
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.’
The Gold Medal stamps form part of a special line-up of Royal Mail’s Olympic products. On 27th July, the day of the opening ceremony, Royal Mail’s ’Welcome to the Olympic Games’ special stamps will go on sale. 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.