Christmas stamp competition

Royal Mail will be in Walsall today to encourage children to submit designs for 2013's Christmas stamps.

Schoolchildren get into the spirit of Christmas for stamp competition

It may be the middle of June but some schoolchildren in the Midlands have been getting into the Christmas spirit.

Royal Mail announced their 2013 Christmas Stamp competition, giving children the chance to create the winning design for the first time in more than 30 years.

So it was the perfect excuse to dig out the tinsel and don some Santa hats. Kate Fisher reports

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Christmas stamp design competition to be launched at Walsall school

Six Royal Mail Christmas stamps by Raymond Briggs Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Royal Mail will be at The Radleys Primary School in Walsall today to encourage children to submit designs for 2013's Christmas stamps.

It is only the third time since 1966 and 1981 that the official Christmas stamp has been designed by children.

The theme this year is 'What does the Christmas season mean to you?' and the competition is open to children aged 4-11.

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