Royal Mail celebrates Paddington with special stamp set

Royal Mail has today (24 August) revealed a special set of 10 stamps to celebrate 65 years of Paddington.

Six stamps in the main set are taken from Ivor Wood’s strip cartoons of Paddington, originally published in the London Evening News newspaper in the late 1970s.

In 1975, illustrator, animator and writer Ivor Wood was instrumental in transforming Paddington from a literary character into a star of the small screen. Working with animation company, FilmFair, Ivor designed and directed the first Paddington television series for the BBC. Four stamps presented in a Miniature Sheet capture moments from this TV series.

“Paddington continues to bring cheer to generations of children worldwide,” commented David Gold, director of external affairs and policy at Royal Mail. “These delightful stamps will brighten up the day of anyone receiving mail with a touch of Paddington’s charm.”

Rachel Clarke, svp licensing and retail UK at The Copyrights Group, continued: “Paddington is a real heritage brand with a modern hero and we are delighted to be partnering with Royal Mail to celebrate 65 years since Michael Bond first introduced us to the beloved bear.”

The stamps are available to pre-order now and will go on general sale on 5 September. There will also be a Presentation Pack including all eight stamps in the set.

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