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Royal Mail has commissioned some of Britain’s most exciting artists and illustrators to create three sets of stamps to be issued in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games
Royal Mail has commissioned some of Britain’s most exciting artists and illustrators to create three sets of stamps to be issued in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
A total of 30 1st Class stamps will be issued in the Olympic and Paralympic Games series, with the first ten going on sale on 22 October 2009.
Royal Mail is working with illustrators and fine artists to create the stamps which will highlight both the sporting and cultural significance of this incredible event.
Each stamp will champion an Olympic or Paralympic sport and they will be issued in three sets in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Among the sports featured on the first set of stamps is diving, with a distinctive illustration by the leading contemporary artist Julian Opie, alongside the lesser known Paralympic sport of boccia.
Julietta Edgar, Head of Special Stamps, Royal Mail said: "Royal Mail has always been there to celebrate and commemorate significant moments in our history and the London 2012 Olympic Games is one of the greatest events on the planet.
"We hope these stamps play their part in the countdown to the Games, but also to highlight both the sporting and cultural legacy of this wonderful event."
The 30 stamps mark the 30th Olympiad and London 2012 Paralympic Games and are official products of the London 2012 Olympics. Each stamp will feature either the London 2012 Olympic Games or Paralympic Games logo.
London 2012 Chairman Sebastian Coe welcomed the announcement: "I’m thrilled and proud that London 2012 is going to be working with Royal Mail to produce these stamps. It is a huge honour to have stamps created in celebration of the Games and we look forward to working with Royal Mail over the next three years. These stamps will be a wonderful way to celebrate the London 2012 Games and means that the whole country can get involved in this fantastic festival of sport between now and 2012."
NOTES TO EDITORS
Images of the Olympic and Paralympic Games stamps are available by telephoning Mark Barber at Eulogy! on 0207 927 9999 or via e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org
Stamps and stamp products are available at all Post Offices, or online at www.royalmail.com/stamps and from Royal Mail Tallents House (tel. 08457 641 641), Royal Mail Tallents House, 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9PB.
Olympic and Paralympic Games Stamp by Stamp
1st Class - Canoe Slalom
An action packed illustration of Canoe Slalom by John Royle represents the Canoe/Kayak discipline.
1st Class - Paralympic Games: Archery
Paralympic archery is illustrated here in the distinctive style of George Hardie
1st Class - Athletics: Track
A collage by Nathalie Guinamard represents track events.
1st Class - Aquatics
The Aquatics discipline is represented by this distinctive illustration of a diver by Julian Opie.
1st Class - Paralympic Games: Boccia
The Paralympic discipline of Boccia is illustrated here by David Doyle.
1st Class - Judo
Paul Slater has captured the thrills of a Judo throw in this illustration
1st Class - Paralympic Games: Equestrian
Paralympic Dressage, illustrated by Andrew Davidson, represents the Equestrian discipline.
1st Class - Badminton
An illustration of a shuttlecock by David Holmes represents the Olympic discipline of Badminton
1st Class - Weightlifting
Illustration by Guy Billout
1st Class - Basketball
Huntley Muir bring their distinctive style to the discipline of Basketball
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