Adapted Car Hire News Updates: Gold medal Paralympians to be honoured with individual stamps
British Paralympic gold medallists will be honoured with their own commemorative stamps after the Royal Mail performed a U-turn due to mounting pressure this week.
British Olympic gold medallists are being honoured with their own commemorative stamps but Royal Mail had initially planned to release a book of six stamps to honour Paralympic gold medallists collectively.
The reason Royal Mail said it was to celebrate Paralympic achievements collectively was because of the huge success the team is expected to realise. In Beijing, ParalympicsGB won 42 gold medals over ten days of competition, including nine in one day. Because of this, it would have been difficult to create and issue each individual stamp.
However, due to public pressure, including a letter from Tessa Jowell MP in which the shadow Olympics minister accused the postal service of veering away from the spirit of integration of the Olympics and Paralympics in London 2012, the Royal Mail will now commemorate each gold Paralympic medallist with a stamp.
Andrew Hammond, Managing Director, Royal Mail Stamps, said it was the “right thing” to do. “Just as our Olympians outperformed expectations, we are confident that our Paralympians will also outperform,” he said.
“That would see us issuing many more individual stamps than the 29 printed over the London 2012 Olympics fortnight. This is a huge logistical challenge and we will get the Gold Medal stamps for sale as quickly as possible.”
The first class stamps will be made available within five working days of each gold medal win and will cost 60p each. This will be the first time ever that a set of stamps has been issued to celebrate Paralympic gold medallists from the host country.