Preview: Paralympic Games Stamps
There’s been a lot of controversy over the treatment of the Paralympic Games, due to start on the 29th of August and run until the 9th of September. However the country it appears has taken our Paralympians to heart and rightly so, the UK is the birthplace of the Paralympic Games.
The Paralympic movement was founded in Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, in 1948 by Dr Ludwig Guttmann and it looks very much like the London 2012 might be the first Paralympic Games ever to be fully sold out with all 2.5 million seats filled. Doubtless LOCOG will do the same as after the first couple of days of the Olympics and makes all vacant corporate and press seats available to the public.
We at Tamebay are looking forward to the Paralympic Games and have every intention of giving them the same coverage as we did for the Olympics and that means we’ll bring you every gold medal stamp celebrating our Paralympians as well as letting you know whereabouts in the country you’ll be able to spot the gold pillar boxes painted in their honour.
Special stamps to celebrate the start of London 2012 Paralympics
Royal Mail has already given a preview of the set of four Special Stamps to mark the start of the London 2012 Paralympic Games which will be available from 29 August 2012. The stamps feature four Paralympic sports – Powerlifting, Athletics, Wheelchair Basketball and Cycling, alongside iconic London landmarks – St Paul’s Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge, the Palace of Westminster, the London Eye and the Olympic Stadium.
The set of four stamps include two 1st Class stamps for domestic postage and two £1.28 stamps ideal for worldwide airmail postage, perfect for tourists visiting London for the Games to write home with their memories of the action.
Royal Mail will be the first postal administration to commemorate the gold medals of its national Paralympics team, producing a stamp for each individual or team ParalympicGB gold medal win during the Games. The Gold Medal stamps will be on sale at 518 dedicated Post Offices across the UK within five working days of each gold medal win and thereafter at a further 5,000 branches plus of course Royal Mail will paint red post boxes gold in the hometown of every ParalympicGB gold medallist, just as it did for TeamGB winners during the London 2012 Olympic games.