The first, to be issued on 5 October, marks the 40th anniversary of the last Goon Show – the groundbreaking radio series widely recognised as playing a unique and significant role in the history of British comedy.
According to advance information, the sheet
"... explores the conception and development of the show and features photos, quotes and stories about the Goons, the people behind the comedy phenomenon, the main characters in the show and some of its most illustrious fans, such as His Royal Highness Prince Charles and Sir Noël Coward."
It also explains the infl uence its creator and main script writer, Spike Milligan, had on subsequent comic writers and performers like Peter Cook, the creators of Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Eddie Izzard.UPDATE 25 Sept: No official First Day cover will be produced for these but two sponsored special postmarks have been announced for this sheet. Both can be obtained from the London Special Handstamp Centre:
Reference numbers 12720 and 12721
Pictures of the actual Goon Show sheet (click on the images to see even larger versions):
The second sheet, to be issued on 8 November, celebrates the 150th anniversary of the world’s oldest football league club, Notts County. The Royal Mail product code for this is AV019.
"Including key facts and figures about Notts County and featuring notable past players and managers, the Commemorative Sheet contains a wealth of images and fascinating stories about the club since its formation in 1862. It also explains the historic relationship Notts County has with the current Serie A champions, Juventus. As an individually numbered limited edition of 10,000, this is a must have for football aficionados and those interested in the history of the game."
UPDATE 19 October: No official First Day cover will be produced for these but two sponsored special postmarks have been announced for this sheet. Both can be obtained from the Midland Special Handstamp Centre, Birmingham:
Reference numbers M12742 and M12743
Pictures of the actual Notts County sheet (click on the images to see even larger versions):