Drumoak Primary pupil gets to the final 24 of Royal Mail Christmas stamp competition

Archie's entry
Archie's entry

A Deeside boy’s drawing of a snowman could become a festive favourite as his picture has been shortlisted to appear on a Christmas stamp.

Seven year old Drumoak Primary pupil Archie Hilton is now in the final 24 of the Royal Mail Christmas Stamp Design Competition, beating off competition from more than 240,000 other entries from children aged between four and 11 across the UK.

Archie Hilton’s stamp design will take its place as one of the 24 that Prince Charles, and a judging panel, will choose to become either a First Class or Second Class Christmas stamp for 2013.

By progressing to the final this far Archie has won £500 in vouchers and £500 for his school and his achievement will appear on a special postmark that will feature on mail delivered to addresses nationwide.

The postmark which reads “Archie Hilton - A finalist in Royal Mail’s Christmas Stamp Design Competition’, is one of 22 that will each feature one day over the next month

The two winning designs will receive prizes of £1,000 for the school and £1,000 in vouchers for the child.

As with all Special Stamps issued by Royal Mail, both winning designs will have to be approved by The Queen. The two stamps will be available from November 5. Only twice before in Royal Mail’s history – 1966 and 1981 - have the official Christmas stamps been designed by children.