Royal Mail is to issue a special postmark to mark the Tour De France Grand Départ which begins in Yorkshire today (July 5th).
The postmark will be printed on mail that is delivered across the UK*
on Saturday. It will read ‘Yorkshire Grand Départ Tour De France 2014’. It is the first time the Tour has visited the UK since 2007.
Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, commented: "This celebration of the Yorkshire Grand Départ by Royal Mail is testament to the scale of this historic event coming to our county and indeed the country.
“Excitement is reaching fever pitch for millions in Yorkshire and beyond - and we're delighted the Tour's arrival is being celebrated in this way."
* The postmark must have been used at Mail Centres across the UK on Friday 4th July. Although the official announcement is that it is on mail delivered to UK addresses, look out for it in other countries. The Lord's Cricket Ground postmark was used on mail from Gatwick to South Africa.
UPDATE: Evidence from JG that this was, in fact, already in use on Thursday 3rd July so could have been on 1st class mail delivered on 4th. Now if only they could achieve 100% legibility despite the uneven contents...
Thanks also to Bob for this much better example in the other layout and in a totally different style from across the border in Lancashire:
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