Wednesday 1 July 2020

July 2020 slogan postmarks

With my limited resources, that is, the iPad, I can start July with a report from Royal Mail about a new NHS postmark. 
Our latest postmark, which will be applied to stamped mail from tomorrow through to Saturday, thanks the incredible NHS on their 72nd anniversary.
Thank you, from all of us.
 I can only show the library image supplied:

Thanks to RW for this picture of the actual postmark from Manchester Mail Centre, dated 01/07/2020
Say thank you
to our NHS
72nd anniversary
Sunday 5 July 2020

Thanks to DB for this slightly clearer example from Lancashire & South Lakes on 03/07/2020


The annual Dog Awareness Week campaign has kicked off with a new Royal Mail slogan and logo.  We received this example from Norwich Mail Centre 06-07-2020 (2nd class local, received the next day).  
Royal Mail: "2,445 dog attacks have taken place on postmen and women across the UK in the last year. Although the total number of attacks dipped slightly by 2% year on year, there are around 47 attacks taking place each week across the UK, with some leading to a permanent and disabling injury."
Week 2020 

UPDATE 12 July:  RW sent these examples - thank you.  Croydon Mail Centre on 09-07-2020 in the same format as Norwich, and Romford Mail Centre 09/07/2020 in the other format with the slogan to the right.


UPDATE 21 July:
Royal Mail and An Post (the Irish postal service) are jointly commemorating the life of English World Cup winning footballer and Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton, who died on 10 July aged 85.

A special slogan postmark will be applied across stamped mail posted in England and the Republic of Ireland from Monday 20th July and will run until Sunday 9th August. 

This is the first time that An Post and Royal Mail have collaborated on a postmark, reflecting the important role that Jack Charlton has played in football in both nations.

Both postal companies hope that collaborating on the postmark will enable sports fans and all those who remember Jack Charlton with great respect and admiration, to celebrate his sporting legacy.
Stuart Simpson, CEO at Royal Mail, said: “Jack Charlton was a football hero in both England and the Republic of Ireland. This is the first time that An Post and Royal Mail have collaborated on a postmark. The commemoration of the life of Jack Charlton is a fitting occasion to do so. Jack was an integral member of England’s 1966 World Cup winning squad and played a key role in the Republic of Ireland’s football history. We would like to extend our condolences to the family of Jack Charlton from everyone at Royal Mail.”
David McRedmond, CEO at An Post said: “Jack Charlton will always have a special place in the hearts and minds of Irish people. He gave our nation many of our happiest and proudest moments. Jack was the greatest example of a culture shared across these islands: that a proud Leeds player, a tall English football hero could become an Irish legend. That’s why it is so fitting that he should be the subject of the first joint postmark between An Post and the Royal Mail.”

We have two examples of the UK slogan, one from RW (Croydon 21 July) and one via Twitter (Peterborough 20th).  Neither is very good, so maybe some better ones later.
Update - I've removed the Peterborough one and replaced it with this better one from Mount Pleasant Mail Centre on 21-07-2020.

Thanks to MP for sending this very good example from Chester & North Wales 21/07/2020. We also had one in the post today which is almost certainly from the same office, but is so poorly applied that I can't even work it out!

The Default Slogan
A reminder that when there is nothing special to have a slogan for, Royal Mail has a slogan for their current corporate charity Action for Children
Our partnership with Royal Mail began in June 2017 and aims to raise £2 million for the Blues Programme. Blues is a preventative mental health programme. It provides early intervention support for young people aged 13-19 years-old who are suffering from, or who are at risk of developing, a mental health condition. Through the continued fundraising efforts of Royal Mail’s staff, we have already reached thousands of young people.
The association started in June 2017 and the slogan has been used ever since.  Of course we get few stamped letters these days, and notice particularly when there is something new like the ones shown in these posts.   But this is the default, or fall-back.

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