Sprint on for Smyth stamp

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Time is running out for anyone in Derry to buy a commemorative stamp marking the double double gold achievements of the Eglinton Flyer Jason Smyth.

Smyth, who suffers from a degenerative eye condition, became one of the stars of this summer London Paralympics taking gold in both the 100m and 200m, a feat he also achieved in Beijing in 2008.

As well as painting a post-box in Eglinton gold to mark Smyth’s double gold, Royal Mail also issued a commemorative stamp honouring Smyth’s double, as part of a collection honouring more than 60 gold medallists.

But the stamps will be withdrawn from sale on December 31.

Andrew Hammond, Royal Mail’s Managing Director of Stamps and Collectibles, said that time was running out for those who had not bought the stamps and wanted to.

“We think there are a lot of people who have bought some and now want the full set.

“They’ve only got until December 31 to complete their collection.”

Meanwhile Royal Mail is encouraging customers to post their festive greetings early, and order their online gifts and shopping well in advance, to help its postmen and women deliver the bumper festive mailbag.

Its latest recommended posting dates for mail to arrive in time for Christmas are:

Last posting dates for the UK are December 20 for first class, December 18 for second class. Special delivery items can be posted up to December 22.

Meanwhile the deadlines for USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand are now passed. Mail can be posted to Europe up until tomorrow, December 12.