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Royal Mail, together with TES Scotland, is offering Scottish school children the chance to create their very own stamp and win pound;500 each for themselves and for their school. There is a primary and secondary school category and 100 runner-up prizes of stamp packs.
From submarines to animals, Royal Mail special stamp issues, which began almost 40 years ago, are designed to celebrate important events and reflect the British contribution to world affairs.
This year there are 10 special issues and the June theme is hats, still widely regarded by the rest of the world as essential to the British way of life. Special hats for weddings and garden parties feature on the stamp set for June - to fit in with Royal Ascot - and it is the hat theme which is to be the inspiration for the comptition.
Using an A4 sheet of paper and leaving a one inch margin around the edge, children can be as creative as they like. Different art forms may be used to create the image ranging from photography to painting, graphics to cartoons and sculpture to collage. It is important to remember when creating the design that the two winning entries will be made into the actual size of a stamp by the House of Questa.
Send competition entries, to arrive by May 7, to Elaine Henderson, Design Comp, 102 West Port, Edinburgh EH3 9HS. Please put your name, age and school's name and address on the reverse of your design.
For information on stamp collecting write to Royal Mail, Tallents House, Freepost EH3647, 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9PE, tel 08457 641641 or visit Royal Mail's website: www.royalmail.com