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Souvenir Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games stamps go on sale

A special set of souvenir stamps has gone on sale celebrating the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The special souvenir stamps issued by the Royal Mail. Credit: Royal Mail

The six colourful stamps feature swimming, track cycling, squash, judo, netball and athletics.

They were created using the illustrations of Dutch artist Nanette Hoogslag and images by Daily Mail photographer Andy Hooper.

Royal Mail is also celebrating the Games with a special postmark which will be carried on all stamped and franked mail until August 3.

The new stamps bear the Glasgow 2014 logo and "XX", denoting the 20th Games.

The special souvenir stamps issued by the Royal Mail. Credit: Royal Mail

One of the numerals doubles as the white diagonal cross of the Saltire, Scotland's national flag.

Scottish swimmers David Wilkie and Robbie Renwick launched the Royal Mail collection.

Wilkie said: "It is a privilege to launch these stamps and for everyone across the UK to be able to own a piece of Commonwealth Games history."

The special souvenir stamps issued by the Royal Mail. Credit: Royal Mail
The special souvenir stamps issued by the Royal Mail. Credit: Royal Mail

Andrew Hammond, head of stamps and collectibles at Royal Mail, said:

Royal Mail is delighted to be issuing these special stamps for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The Commonwealth Games is the third-biggest multi-sport competition in the world and the special stamp issue will be our lasting reminder of the occasion.

– Andrew Hammond
The special souvenir stamps issued by the Royal Mail. Credit: Royal Mail

The 2014 Commonwealth Games (officially the XX Commonwealth Games) will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from 23 July to 3 August 2014.

Customers can buy the stamps online at www.royalmail.com/glasgow2014 and at 10,000 post offices across the UK.