Royal Mail's Olympic initiatives: golden post boxes and next day stamps!
The Olympic Games start in a couple of days in London, and you can almost feel the global rush of excitement! Who will crowned the best of the best? And how many medals will each country get?
To begin with, for each gold medal earned by Team GB, they plan to paint one of their famous red post boxes... gold! That's right - for the first time ever, their iconic post boxes will be dressed in a different color. And the mailboxes will be picked according to the home town of the winners, so if you're cheering for your town's local athlete, keep an eye on your post box!
But that is not all! Royal Mail is also engaging in a race against time to have a commemorative stamp and their respective mini-sheet printed for each golden medalist the day after their medals are won - shortening the stamp making process to 24 hours or less!
Mr. Andrew Hammond, Royal Mail's director of stamps and collectables explains how they plan to achieve this remarkable feat:
They will work around the clock to accomplish this operation (including weekends!), delivering the special stamps overnight to 500 post offices around the UK.
If you live in Great Britain, and see one of these special post boxes or stamps, do post a comment below with a link to a photo! We'd love to see how they look in real life! :)