Olympic Torch travel through Stoke-On-Trent

May 31, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Olympic Torch banner

Only 12 days into the Olympic Torch Relay the Olympic Torch has made it to Bath-Knight’s hometown, Stoke-On-Trent.

Travelling from Chester and through parts of Shropshire yesterday, the Torch arrived in Stoke-On-Trent late yesterday afternoon with the city’s first and only Olympic gold medallist, Imran Sherwani, who won gold in the men’s hockey final at the 1988 Olympic Games.

Imran Sherwani Olympic Torch Stoke on Trent

Imran Sherwani brings the Olympic Torch to Stoke-on-Trent

Imran carried the torch to Hanley Forrest Park, which was host to a free celebratory concert in honour of the Olympic Torch’s presence in the city. Early this morning the flame travelled through Cobridge, Burlsem and Middleport before making its way to Crewe and on to the North West.

Tony Pulis Olympic Torch

Stoke City FC Manager, Tony Pulis, started today’s relay carrying the torch from The Potteries Museum in Hanley before passing it on to another Torchbearer chosen to carry the torch through North Staffordshire.

It’s fantastic to see that so many local people made the effort to come out last night and early this morning to see the Olympic Torch pass through the city of Stoke-on-Trent as the event really is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a great pleasure to see.

The Olympic torch in Stoke on Trent

Local Torchbearers in Stoke-On-Trent

Further north the torch has reached Jodrell Bank where it went to the top of the telescope with comedian, John Bishop, who recently took part in a mammoth triathlon from Paris to London for Sport Relief. A friend of mine, who saw the torch at Jodrell Bank, has sent over some fantastic photos of the comedian John carrying the torch.

John Bishop Olympic Torch

John Bishop carrying Olympic Torch at Jodrell Bank

I’d love to know if the Olympic Torch has visited your hometown yet so feel free to leave a comment in the box below.

Royal Mail A-Z postal portrait of Britain

April 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The Royal Mail has been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks after they announced an increase in the price of both first and second class stamps. From 30th April 2012 the price of stamps will shoot up by 14p making first class stamps 60p and second class 50p. 

The price increase has caused great anger amongst the public who argue that the new prices are too expensive and I would have to agree. It seems barbaric that sending a first class letter will cost 60p and I have to wonder if people will boycott the tradition of sending letters in favour of free, digital methods such as e-mail and instant messaging.

Carrick-a-Rede Stamp

However the charm of sending letters and purchasing stamps seems to have been reignited with the Royal Mail’s latest stamp collection an “A-Z postal portrait of Britain”.

Each of the 26 stamps has been assigned a letter and an according tourist location which has been enjoyed greatly by visitors from home and abroad. The series includes a huge range of attractions from beautiful landscapes such as the Nation Trust’s Carrick- a-Rede, Glastonbury Tor and Narrow Water Castle to wonderfully impressive building like York Minster and Edinburgh Castle and more official establishments like the Old Bailey in London.

Angel of the North Stamp

For those who enjoy great days out the Portrait of Britain collection includes images of ZSL London Zoo, Jodrell Bank and the Portmeirion in North Wales which all display the variety of great things to do across the country. Finishing off the collection are traditional landmarks including the Angel of the North, Downing Street and Blackpool Tower.

ZSL London Zoo Stamp

I personally really like the collection as it showcases the huge diversity which is available in the United Kingdom and it ties in nicely with the many great events which will be taking place here in the summer. And as somebody who has many friends and family dotted across the world I know that the stamps will be enjoyed internationally too; I imagine that lots of my friends will go online to research the location on their stamp which is exactly what this collection is all about.

Fingers crossed the pending price increase on postal stamps won’t stop people purchasing and enjoying the A-Z postal portrait of Britain collection. See more information on the price of stamps on the Royal Mail website here.

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