1. ITV Report

Isle of Man Post Office celebrate 80 years of Beano with special stamps

Beano and the Isle of Man Post Office are today celebrating 80 years of the world’s longest running and most loved comic with a special collection of stamps, featuring Beano’s iconic characters Dennis & Gnasher on the Isle of Man.

Representatives for the Isle of Man Post Office say they feel extremely proud to be working with Beano on such a special, vibrant and colourful stamp collection, celebrating eighty years of fun filled mischief.

Over the festive period Dennis & Gnasher are stranded, without their mobile phones, on the Isle of Man to visit a mysterious uncle named Paul, who has a dark secret: he’s a postman!!! After this nightmarish revelation (especially for Gnasher) it seems that Christmas is officially cancelled! But just when Dennis & Gnasher give up on the holidays Uncle Paul gives them hope by letting them into a secret: Writing a letter is like sending an epic text message that is then delivered by your own personal Postie Butler!

Dennis & Gnasher are immediately hooked and with Uncle Paul’s help, they even create their own stamps that they then use to send letters and cards to their friends in Beanotown. Not only do their friends write back, but they promise to meet together on what’s quickly become the Christmas Isle of Mischief, to share the festive fun.

The artwork for the stamp collection and the accompanying comic strip have been drawn exclusively by Nigel Parkinson, who, since 2012, is the official Dennis & Gnasher artist and is one of the most prolific Beano artists since 1999.

We are overjoyed that Dennis & Gnasher, along with all his pals in the Beano Studio of DC Thomson in Dundee, worked so hard to capture well known Manx locations and traditions in an exclusive Beano comic strip titled A Write Christmas on the Isle of Man'.

We hope that we can encourage people of all ages to discover and engage with sending Christmas greetings. The moral of the tale is that by writing to friends and family by post is still the best way to catch up at Christmas or share good wishes at any time of the year.

– Isle of Man Stamps and Coins General Manager, Maxine Cannon

We’re delighted to work with the Isle of Man Post Office to create a unique festive collection of stamps. We look forward to seeing Dennis & Gnasher on Christmas cards, letters and parcels across the world.

– Beano Studios’ Director of Global Licensing, Angeles Blanco