14 FEB 2017

The stamp of approval

MP Helen Grant has called on school children in her Maidstone and the Weald constituency to get creative and help to design Royal Mail's 2017 Christmas Stamp.

Royal Mail are asking children of primary school age to submit their designs for a special edition stamp to be used over the Christmas period which will be seen by millions of people across the country. Two winners will be chosen to have their designs reproduced on 1st and 2nd class stamps and both winning designs will be reviewed and signed off by Her Majesty The Queen.

Schools or parents can sign up for a free resource pack by visiting www.royalmail.com/stampcompetition. The competition closes on Friday 17 March 2017 and the winners will be announced in the Summer. The theme of the competition is "What does the Christmas season mean to you?"

This will be only the fourth time in history that children have designed the official Christmas stamp, and the competition has been brought after a break of four years by popular demand.

Mrs Grant said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to have your designs being used and seen by millions of people all over the country with a special royal seal of approval. I would urge all primary school children to get creative and submit their designs as soon as possible. It would be great to see the artwork of one of our talented young people adorning my Christmas post this year."

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