Ann Coffey


Congratulations to young Stockport artist

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Congratulations to Isabella Lester, aged 6, who was a runner up in the Royal Mail’s national competition for children to design this year’s Christmas stamp. Isabella, who is in Year 1 at Banks Lane Infant School, was up against an astonishing 240,000 other entries. She was one of 140 runner’s up for her beautiful snowman design. It is only the third time in the Royal Mail’s history that the official Christmas stamps have been designed by children.

The other years were 1966 and 1981. Isabella was awarded a certificate of achievement from Royal Mail and a special imprint of first class Christmas stamps made to Isabella’s design. Isabella told me that she wants to use one of her special stamps to send a letter to Father Christmas this year and to save some of them to use next year. Besides her own special stamps, Isabella received £100 prize in vourchers and £100 for her school, as well as a framed copy of the Christmas stamps. Pictured with Isabella are headteacher Carol Clarke (left) and Ann.