Royal Mail is celebrating over sixty years of classic children’s TV with a new stamp collection. This special issue commemorates the 40th anniversary of Bagpuss, probably the most popular British children’s TV character of all time and the 50th anniversary of The Magic Roundabout.
Twelve of the most popular characters from children’s television are included in the set. The full line-up features - Andy Pandy, Ivor the Engine, Dougal from The Magic Roundabout, Bagpuss, Paddington Bear, Postman Pat, Windy Miller from Camberwick Green, Mr. Benn, Uncle Bulgaria from the Wombles, Bob the Builder, Peppa Pig, and Shaun the Sheep.
One of my earliest recollections is watching Andy Pandy on TV - see a previous post here
My son was particularly keen on Mr. Benn, Ivor the Engine and Bagpuss, and we often watched them together when he came in from school.
Bagpuss, (an old, saggy cloth cat, baggy, and a bit loose at the seams), remains a particular favourite of mine and who could forget Windy Miller - see previous post here, Uncle Bulgaria or Paddington Bear.
I probably wouldn’t have made the acquaintance of Peppa Pig if it were not for my little granddaughters. They both love anything Peppa!
Here they are waiting to see Peppa Pig Live at the Adelaide Festival Centre.
Sets of stamps are available from Post Offices after the 7th January. If you would like something rather more special, you could order one of the limited-edition 1st-day covers signed by Emily and Peter Firmin. Available at Buckingham Covers
Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate were the creators of Bagpus, Ivor the Engine, Noggin the Nog and The Clangers. Emily Firmin is the daughter of Peter Firmin and the inspiration behind Emily from Bagpuss.
Once upon a time, not so long ago there was a little girl and her name was Emily. She had a shop. It was rather an unusual shop because it didn’t sell anything. You see everything in that shop window was a thing that somebody had once lost and Emily had found and bought home to Bagpuss. Emily’s cat Bagpuss, the most important, the most beautiful, the most magical, saggy old cloth cat in the whole wide world.
Bagpuss Opening Intro