VIDEO: How Greg Rutherford’s Gold Medal stamp was produced

ROYAL Mail has issued a special stamp to celebrate Greg Rutherford’s Olympic long jump gold medal.

A video showing the commemorative stamp being produced has also been released.

Greg Rutherford tastes Olympic gold

Greg Rutherford tastes Olympic gold

The stamp was the thirteenth issued by Royal Mail in honour of Britain’s Olympic gold winners.

They will be on sale in over 500 Post Offices across the UK, including two branches in Milton Keynes. An additional 4,700 post offices will receive the Gold Medal stamps within a week.

A fleet of 90 Royal Mail vehicles delivered the first bastch of stamps across the UK.

The Gold Medal stamps can also be purchased from the Royal Mail website and from Royal Mail’s customer service centre in Edinburgh by calling 08457 641 641.

As soon as Rutherford won gold, Getty Images, the official Photo Agency of the IOC, submitted a selection of the best images from that moment to the eight-strong Royal Mail design team. The Royal Mail design team had just one hour to review all the images sent, locate the most fitting and atmospheric image, crop and refine the photo, add Rutherford’s name, then position the imagea within the templated design of the six-stamp miniature sheet.

For more information and the full list of the Post Office branches selling 2012 Team GB Gold Medal stamps visit www.postoffice.co.uk

> The video showing the production of Greg Rutherford’s Gold Medal stamp can be seen by clicking this link