Isle of Man Stamps – Mark Cavendish

An undisputed champion in the cycling world, Mark Cavendish MBE has now become the focus of a set of specially designed stamps issued by the Isle of Man Post Office, and includes a souvenir sheet which will appeal to those who prefer their stamps to be a little more animated than usual.
Highlights of his career to date dominate seven stamps in a dramatic biopic which sees the dynamic Manxman challenge his rivals all over the world, capturing moments of victory at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, Italy, Belgium, Copenhagen and the close of close of the 2011 Tour de France.
Mark Cavendish commented, “I’m proud to feature in this stamp collection and delighted with the images which have been selected. It’s a great honour for me personally, but it’s also a reflection of the widespread interest in cycling now and that’s always great to see”.
But it’s probably the unique souvenir sheet which will secure the most attention, with one stamp in particular taking advantage of new technology. Using an ‘augmented reality feature’ the £1.05 stamp (on the souvenir sheet only) can be brought to life using a special app from a Smartphone, Tablet screen, or other mobile device which allows the purchaser to activate a video of Cavendish winning the world title in Copenhagen.
The Isle of Man Government will also be celebrating the Manxman’s achievements by issuing a commemorative fifty pence coin minted by the Pobjoy Mint, which will be put into general circulation and also be available as part of a special celebration pack.
Valerie Caine
© August 2012