Friday 25 May 2012

Gold Medalists

Olympic fever has hit the country big time, and the excitement is really starting to build now. We will all be looking for something special to commemorate the occasion. T-shirts, mugs, pens, the list is almost endless. However, if you are looking for something extra special that you can pass on to the grandkids, then how about special edition stamps.

Royal Mail has always commemorated the London Olympic Games by issuing Olympic stamps. Well, except for 1908 that is when they couldn't as the only image allowed on a stamp then was that of the reigning monarch. For London 2012 they have pulled out all the stops and along with the products and stamps issues you would expect (welcome to the games etc) they have come up with an additional and rather special idea, and one that is unique in the history of the Games.

Every gold medal team Great Britain wins will be commemorated with a specially designed stamp. What’s really special about it though is that it will for the first time feature a shot of the athlete or team in action on their way to winning that gold medal. So, Royal Mail’s team of picture editors, graphic designers, etc, will have to be ready to swing into action at any chance of gold being won by team GB. Clearly they are not going to get much sleep for the duration of the games.

But wait there’s more …. the gold medal stamps will be on sale at 500 selected UK Post Offices the day after the medal was won. What’s even more exciting (are you sitting down?) many of these 500 stores will be open on during the Games on a Sunday … for the first time ever!!!

Don’t panic If one of the 500 stores is not near you, the stamps will reach a further 4,500 Post Offices throughout the games.

And not forgetting those totally inspiring Para Olympians, Royal Mail are again going for another first. They will be the first postal administration in a host country to issue a set of stamps to celebrate the start of the Paralympic games on 29 August.

All in all an Olympian commitment by Royal Mail.

This is a sponsored post.


A Daft Scots Lass said...

wow. Royal Mail rocks

Julie said...

But ... what will each stamp cost at face value ... and what if each stamp does not sell well?

Is this value for tax-payers' money? Are the stamps issued being subsidised by the state?

Isn't the state of modern economics and world economies a pain in the proverbial when these are the standards by which all brilliant ideas are judged?

Brianna said...

Well darn! I wish someone from the UK would send me a letter with the special Olympic stamp!

Jack said...

I like this plan. Maybe we will have to cheer for the Brits to win some medals just to see how this works.

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