May 18 2013 Latest news:
Monday, February 4, 2013
Special stamps are to be released on Thursday marking the Chinese New Year.
The limited edition sheet will feature celebrations by communities around the UK alongside intricate designs representing all five elemental snake types, of metal, earth, fire, wood, and water.
Images on the stamps will reflect the aspirations of hopes, heritage, success, togetherness and good fortune, with one of the stamps representing Chinatown in London.
London has one of the oldest Chinese communities in the country with records showing some of the earliest settlers in Bow.
Royal Mail spokesman Philip Parker said: “The Lunar New Year is a huge cause for celebration across many parts of the UK and worldwide, and as such Royal Mail is delighted to be marking the Year of the Snake with this sheet of stamps.”