The Royal Mail will produce stamps containing an action image of every Team GB member or team that wins gold at the London 2012 Olympics. The stamps will be available from noon the day after a Team GB gold medal win. If the win is on a Saturday, then the selected Post Offices will open on Sunday for stamp sales.
Only* the Post Offices in Camberley [15 Princess Way] and Lightwater [92 Guilford Road] will offer this service in Surrey Heath. This is pretty special for Lightwater. For example, only 22 Post Offices in Scotland, and 12 in Wales will provide this service. So, congratulations to Cllr Surinder Gandhum and his team at Lightwater Post Office. *I checked on the list on the Collectors Club website.
The process to produce these stamps is,
- The Olympic Games’ Official Photographic Agency will send a selection of the best images, capturing athletes in a moment of Olympic glory in action or proud on the podium, to Royal Mail’s design team when each Team GB athlete wins gold or team gold.
- Royal Mail have just one hour to review all the images sent, select the best photo, add the name of the winning athlete or athletes and the event, and then position it within the templated design.
- The border of each miniature sheet of six stamps will also feature the athlete’s name as well as the date of medal win and the venue of the winning event.
- Once the printers receive the artwork file from Royal Mail, they digitally overprint the athlete’s image, name and the winning event.
- Finished sheets of stamps are then collected from the printers by a fleet of 90 Royal Mail vehicles for distribution to the Post Office branches the following morning.
The Team GB Gold Medal stamps can be purchased individually at the standard 60p First Class price or in sets of six stamps for £3.60.