ROYAL Mail is celebrating this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe by issuing a special postmark.
This is the first time in the company’s 500 year history that a festival of this kind has been featured on a postmark.
It will be applied to stamped UK mail from Friday 7 to Monday 31 August.
Local postman Stuart Millar and postwoman Katrina Coll had a sneak preview of the special postmark in Edinburgh today, along with Kath Mainland, chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society
Royal Mail’s postmarks are reserved for special occasions and are used to recognise significant events, historical anniversaries or support of charity.
Andrew Hammond, Director of Stamps & Collectibles at Royal Mail, said: “Since it was started in 1947, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has become an iconic event not only in Scotland but across the UK and the world and we wanted to pay tribute to that.
“We are delighted to be sharing the excitement of the event with the millions of customers that use Royal Mail every day.”
Kath Mainland, chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that Royal Mail has given the Edinburgh Festival Fringe the prestigious honour of a Royal Mail postmark.”