Sunday, August 5, 2012

Olympics 2012 - 12


One of the great things Great Britain are doing for these Olympics is to bring out special stamps celebrating each of the gold medalist. With 14 gold medals this has put a great amount of work on the Post Office.

 As team GB's first gold medal winners at the London 2012 Olympics were being honored special stamps are being produced than 24 hours after each athletes victory in their events.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning made history as Britain's first Olympic women's rowing team to take gold and Bradley Wiggins became the country's most decorated Olympian after winning the men’s time trial.
Around 100,000 Royal Mail stamps with images of the winners will be delivered to 500 gold medal special post offices across Britain.
Tim Cowen from Royal Mail says the printing team have been gearing up for this moment for quite some time.
"We've been practising this for about two years. We reckon that as long as we don't get any more than three gold medals in an hour, people will be able to buy those stamps (the next day) in post offices," he said.
Royal Mail Stamps are iconic and whenever historic occasions like this happen you would expect Royal Mail to do something a bit special, and hopefully that's what people will think we've done.”
An additional 4,700 post offices will receive the gold medal stamps within a week.
Royal Mail's chief executive Moya Greene said the organisation is delighted to be issuing the stamps.
"This is a first for Royal Mail and we are proud to play our part in celebrating the many victories this summer," she said.
As an additional honour each of their home towns, where possible, will have a post box painted gold to mark their success.

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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