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New stamps commemorate Wombles’ 50th anniversary

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GUERNSEY POST has announced a new set of stamps to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Wombles book.

Elisabeth Beresford, the author, lived in Alderney for more than 30 years and drew inspiration for the book from a Boxing Day walk on Wimbledon Common in London. Her daughter, Kate, mispronounced it as Wombledon Common, which is how the Wombles name was born.

Bridget Yabsley, head of philatelic at Guernsey Post, said the company was delighted to be celebrating with stamps.

‘These wonderful characters achieved worldwide success – they were ahead of their time in recycling “things that the everyday folks leave behind” and inspired children to recycle, as Beresford hoped they would.’

The special edition stamps will be available to pre-order from 29 January, which you can do by visiting www.guernseystamps.com or by calling Philatelic Customer Services on 716486.

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