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Children's TV characters to appear on stamps

Favourites from Bob the Builder to Bagpuss will be pictured in the collection

Some of the most popular children’s television programmes from each decade since the 1950s are being celebrated on a new set of stamps issued by the Royal Mail.

The stamps, unveiled on Friday, feature old favourites including Andy Pandy, Ivor the Engine, Dougal from The Magic Roundabout, Windy Miller of Camberwick Green, Mr Benn, The Wombles’ Great Uncle Bulgaria, Bagpuss and Paddington Bear.

Postman Pat, Bob the Builder, Peppa Pig and Shaun the Sheep from Aardman’s Wallace and Gromit. make up the more recent characters pictured.

60 years of children’s programming is being honoured in this stamp issue.

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Andrew Hammond from Royal Mail Stamps, said: “For over 60 years, Britain's children's TV characters have brought cheer to generations of viewers.

“More importantly it has presented us with a cast of characters that, like the memories of the programmes themselves, remain with us throughout our lives.

“It feels appropriate to celebrate all of these unforgettable characters on a set of very special stamps.”

The collection comes after the Government made the controversial move to sell off the Royal Mail in 2013.

The stamps are available from 7th January online or in 10,000 Post Offices throughout the UK.

Additional reporting by PA