To celebrate what would have been The Rev Awdry's 100th birthday this week, Royal Mail have issued a special Thomas the Tank Engine series of stamps.
The vicar wrote the well-loved children's stories nearly 70 years ago, but they remain as popular as ever with young children. Readers of my blog will know that Ruby is Thomas mad - given the choice she'd pack up her suitcase and move into Thomasland.
The official launch took place earlier this week at the East Lancashire Railway – which boasts Thomas the Tank as a visitor attraction, with a special visit from the Fat Controller (or Sir Topham Hatt as we must say in these politically-correct times!)
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The stamps feature Thomas on the 1st class; as well as James; Percy; Daisy; Toby and Gordon. They are available as a First Day Cover, Mint Stamps or a Presentation Pack and are available to purchase at post offices or online at the Royal Mail website. Sales from the First Day Cover will raise funds for the upkeep of the 15th century Norfolk church where Rev Awdry served.
Royal Mail have very kindly given me a special set of these commemorative stamps, as well as a Thomas goodie bag which will delight any fan - full of books, a DVD and a die-cast model from the series.
To win this fabulous prize, simply follow this blog in Google Friend Connect and leave a comment below telling me your (or your child's ) favourite character from the series.
For an additional entry, you can follow Royal Mail Stamps on Twitter and leave a separate comment saying you have done so.
For a final further entry, tweet the following and leave another comment below stating that you have tweeted; " I'm entering @missielizzieb 's blog competition to win Thomas the Tank stamps and goodies here: http://bit.ly/l4z3T4"
The competition will close at 8pm on Monday 27th June 2011 and the winner will be picked at random. If the winner does not respond or is not contactable, I reserve the right to re-draw. Open to UK only.