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NI pupils have designs on creating a festive stamp

By Staff Reporter

Schoolchildren in Northern Ireland have submitted more than 4,500 designs as part of a UK-wide search for a new Christmas stamp.

Over 200,000 entries have been submitted to Royal Mail's Design a Christmas Stamp competition.

The winner will have their festive designs featured on this year's 1st or 2nd Class stamps.

Only three times before have children's designs been used on Christmas stamps: 1966, the year the first festive stamps were issued in the UK, 1981 and 2013

The theme of the competition is "What does the Christmas season mean to you?"

Two winning designs will be selected by a panel of judges, and their designs will appear on one of the 1st and one of the 2nd Class Christmas stamps.

As with all special stamps issued by the Royal Mail, both winning designs will have to be approved by The Queen.

Stephen Agar from Royal Mail said: "It is a wonderful opportunity for a child to have the honour of designing this year's 1st or 2nd Class Christmas stamp - it is a money-can't-buy prize."

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