Royal Mail have today issued a second special London 2012 mini-sheet of four stamps to coincide with the opening of the London 2012 Paralympic Games this evening. This means that Royal Mail has become the first postal administration whose country is hosting the Games to issue a set of stamps to celebrate the start of the Paralympics.
Around 4,200 athletes from 160 countries will participate in the London 2012 Paralympic Games with 471 medal events on the programme, spread across 20 sports.
Like the first mini-sheet to be issued for the opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Paralympic sheet also features a quartet of sports.
This sees Powerlifting, Athletics, Wheelchair Basketball and Cycling ‘merged’ with five iconic London landmarks: St Paul’s Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge, the Olympic Stadium, the Palace of Westminster and the London Eye.
Once again, to bring out the very best of these striking composite images, Royal Mail is using one of its widest formats for the mini-sheet, which contains two 1st class stamps and two £1.28 stamps.
The two 1st Class stamps feature an athlete wearing running blades heading towards the Olympic Stadium, and a Wheelchair Basketball player ‘aiming’ a ball towards the Palace of Westminster.
The £1.28 stamps show a Paralympic powerlifter with a view of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge, together with a cyclist on his specially adapted bike heading towards London’s iconic Ferris wheel the London Eye.
Further Paralympics stamps will be issued to mark the achievements of all of Team GB’s Gold Medal Winners, as they were for the Olympic Games. Similarly, all Gold Medal-winning Paralympians will also be honoured with a Gold Post Box in their hometown.
The new London 2012 Paralympic Games stamps and stamp products are available at most Post Office branches, online at www.royalmail.com/bethefirst and from Royal Mail Tallents House (tel. 08457 641 641), 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9PB.
Visit our website to see stamps and stamp artwork from the 1948 London Olympic Games.