This week Jon Cruddas MP has received a letter from Royal Mail about their popular Christmas Stamp Competition, which will be returning for 2017. The aim of the competition will ensure children at primary school or being home-schooled in your Dagenham and Rainham constituency the chance to create the official Christmas stamp for 2017 and appear on millions of items of mail being delivered over the Christmas period.
Throughout the years of creating the Christmas stamp only three times in Royal Mail's history has the official Christmas stamp been designed by children- in 1966, 1981 and 2013. A child living in this constituency managed to achieve a place in the top ten of the 2013 competition.
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 to appear on one of the 1st and one on the 2nd class 2017 Christmas stamps. As with all Special Stamps issued by Royal Mail, both winning designs will have the approval of HM Majesty The Queen.
Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham commented: "This is a great opportunity for children, and their primary schools across the constituency. I hope many will enter. I get to see their fantastic artistic talent every year with my Christmas card competition and I think our young people definitely have a shot at this!"
Jon Cruddas is encouraging Primary Schools and Parents of home-schooled children to sign up for one of the 8,000 available resources packs by visiting www.royalmail.com/stampcompetition a reminder that all entries must be received by the closing date of Friday 17 March 2017