British Olympic athletes Helen Glover, Heather Stanning, and Bradley Wiggins are to be featured on special editions being rushed out by the Royal Mail today.
Great Britain’s Olympic gold medal winners are being honoured with special stamps, which have been printed overnight and are being rushed out by lunchtime today in the UK.
Royal Mail‘s commemorative stamps feature Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, who won the country’s first gold medal in the Women’s Pairs Rowing final, and Bradley Wiggins, who followed his recent Tour de France win by claiming gold in the Men’s Cycling Time Trial final to become Britain’s most decorated Olympian with seven medals, including four Gold.
Glover’s hometown of Penzance in Cornwall, Stanning’s hometown of Lossiemouth in Moray, and Wiggins’ hometown of Chorley in Lancashire, will have a post box painted gold to celebrate their gold medal wins.
The speed at which these stamps are being issued is a first for Royal Mail. A fleet of 90 of their vehicles will deliver them across the UK to over 500 Post Offices to be on sale by lunchtime. The stamps will cost 60p, the same as a normal first class stamp. Royal Mail has pledged to issue a stamp for each Team GB gold during the London 2012 Olympics.