Cambridge English Teacher Activities Christmas 2014 Stamp Designs Unveiled

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Royal Mail has published the designs for its 2014 Christmas stamps

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Cambridge English Teacher Activities Christmas 2014 Stamp Designs Unveiled

  1. 1. Christmas 2014 stamp designs unveiled http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-29886446 Link to image of stamps: http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/78728000/jpg/_78728876_2b0f2b9f- 549f-4f79-a6f5-0fe385c606d3.jpg Royal Mail has published the designs for its 2014 Christmas stamps • Five different drawings commissioned from illustrator Andrew Bannecker were selected for the first and second class stamps. • The latest recommended posting dates for UK mail are 18 December for second class and 20 December for first. • Christmas stamps were first issued in 1966 when Royal Mail ran a children's competition to select the design. • This year's issue will be available online and in Post Offices and - as with all British stamp designs - were approved by the Queen before being printed. • Andrew Hammond from Royal Mail Stamps said: "Christmas is a stamp issue we particularly look forward to and the charming style of these designs sets the perfect tone for the festive season." • There are no deliveries on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day or, in Scotland, on 2 January. • Royal Mail said last December it delivered 115 million parcels, handling 10m parcels on its busiest day of the month.
  2. 2. Task Read the text. What/Who are these? 1 1966 2 2nd January 3 115 million 4 Andrew Bannecker 5 18th December 6 Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day Now, read the text again and answer these questions: 1 How many different stamps are there? 2 What is the latest date that you can send a letter for Christmas? 3 Who sees the stamps before they are produced? Now, look at the stamps. What things are the people doing in them? Do you like the design of the stamps? Do you or your friends or family collect stamps? Key 0 1966 is the first year that there were Christmas stamps in Britain 1 2nd January There will be no post delivered in Scotland that day. 2 115 million This is the number of parcels that the Post Office handled last year. 3 Andrew Bannecker He is the artist who designed the stamps. 4 18th December This is the last date for delivery before Christmas. 5 Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day There will be no deliveries on any of these days. 1 There are 5 stamps. 2 18th December (for first class letters) 3 The queen sees the stamps before they are produced.

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