(Royal Mail Press Release)
There is something for everyone in the first half of Royal Mail’s action packed 2011 Special Stamp programme celebrating the very best of British.
- FAB: The Genius of Gerry Anderson
2011 lifts off on 11 January with FAB: The Genius of Gerry Anderson stamps. Marking the 50th anniversary of Anderson’s work, the stamp issues pays tribute to the iconic characters, including Thunderbirds, Stingray, Joe 90 and Captain Scarlet, that have enthralled millions since they first arrived on our TV screens in the 1960s.
Royal Mail treads the boards twice in 2011, first on 24 February with eight stamps celebrating popular Musicals of the past 100 years.
The Musicals stamps represent the evolving nature of musical theatre and are illustrated with a combination of performance photography and promotional posters.
- Magical Realms
Issued on 8 March Magical Realms includes stamps reflecting the legendary tales of King Arthur and his court magician Merlin through to the million selling books of Sir Terry Pratchett and JK Rowling.
This issue salutes some of the fictional characters that have enchanted generations of readers: Rincewind, and Nanny Ogg, who appear in many of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. Dumbledore and Voldemort from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books, Merlin and Morgan Le Fay from Arthurian legends, and Aslan and the White Queen from books by C. S. Lewis.
- 50th Anniversary of WWF
Wildlife lovers should look out for 22 March 2011 when Royal Mail celebrates the 50th anniversary of the world’s leading environmental organisation, WWF. The Special Stamps will feature portraits of ten animals at the heart of WWF projects - African Elephant, Mountain Gorilla, Siberian Tiger, Polar Bear, Amur Leopard, Iberian Lynx, Red Panda, Black Rhinoceros, African Wild Dog and Golden Lion Tamarin. The issue also comprises a Miniature Sheet looking at the Amazon Forest as part of the Post Europ theme for 2011 which is Forests.
- 50th anniversary of the Royal Shakespeare Company
On 12 April Royal Mail marks the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Shakespeare Company, with Stamps and a Miniature Sheet. Working with the RSC, Royal Mail selected six RSC productions of Shakespeare’s plays from the last half century for the Stamps and created a Miniature Sheet which comprises four stamps showing the theatres where the RSC has performed in Stratford-upon-Avon through the years.
- Morris & Co
Designs for stained glass, wallpaper, fabric and ceramics illustrate the Morris & Co stamps issued on 5 May.
Philip Parker, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson, commented: "This is by far the most exciting start to a year for Royal Mail Stamps. The year blasts off with Thunderbirds, Stingray and the amazing TV series of Gerry Anderson and the excitement doesn’t stop there. There’s something for everyone in the first half of 2011 with Musicals, Magical Realms and WWF just some of the themes dropping on the doormats across millions of homes in the UK and across the world."
New for 2011 pay-as-you-go subscriptions
Royal Mail now offers a range of subscriptions, for a choice of Mint Stamps, First Day Covers and Presentation Packs. New for 2011 are "pay-as-you-go" style subscriptions which allows customers to obtain every new Special Stamp issue on different themes. The six themes are Railways, Family, Classics, Heritage, Royalty and Sport.
A ‘Family’ subscription will include child and family friendly subjects such as Magical Realms, WWF, Thomas the Tank Engine and the Crown Jewels. ‘Classics’ includes FAB the Genius of Gerry Anderson, Musicals and the first part of the A-Z of the UK. Heritage includes Royal Shakespeare Company and Morris & Co; Royalty: annual Kings and Queens stamps and future Royal issues; Sport: London Olympic and Paralympic Games issues.
These new subscriptions are designed for customers with specific interests and can be set up by calling Royal Mail Customer Care on 08745 641 641 (+44 131 316 7483 outside the UK). Visit www.royalmail.com/subscribetostamps
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