MP gets festive in June

June 26, 2013 3:28 PM

We may be holding our breaths hoping for the BBQ weather to fully kick in, but local MP Tom Brake is already getting in the festive mood.

Carshalton and Wallington MP has called on primary school children to tell him what the Christmas Season means to them and jump at the chance to see their winning designs printed on this year's official Christmas stamp.

Tom said:

"I was a bit surprised when, in the middle on June, I received a letter from the Royal Mail informing me of their Christmas Children's Stamp Art Competition. I get a lot of letters sent to me throughout the year, but not many about Christmas around this time!"

"I know that there are many talented children in our area and this is a perfect opportunity for this to be demonstrated. It is the first such competition in over thirty years, and I hope primary school and home-schooled children across the borough will get involved."

Royal Mail is giving school children aged 4 to 11 the chance to create the official Christmas stamp for the first time in over 30 years. The last competitions were held in 1966 and 1981. Two lucky winners will see their designs on one of the 1st class and one of the 2nd class stamps. The winners and their schools will have their stamps approved by Her Majesty the Queen and their design used on millions of Christmas cards during the festive season.

But approval by Her Majesty the Queen is not the only award awaiting the winners. National winners will receive £1,000 in vouchers, and £1,000 will be awarded to their school. Area winners and schools will each receive £500, and £100 will be awarded to the area runners-up and their schools. There are 60 prizes in total for both the 4 to 7 and 8 to 11-year-old categories.

Tom Brake MP is encouraging local schools and parents of home-schooled children to sign up for this competition as soon as possible, as entries must be received by July 19. Winners will be announced by the end of October

For full details of the competition, including how to enter, go to www.royalmail.com/designastamp

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