Hit Entertainment has linked up with the Royal Mail to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the Reverend Wilbert Awdry.
The Royal Mail has issued a set of ten Thomas & Friends stamps featuring Thomas and other engines.
The collection consists of six long-format stamps and will launch tomorrow, Tuesday June 14th.
The long stamps feature images of engines from the Thomas & Friends series, while the mini sheet covers original illustrations from The Railway Series books.
· Thomas features on the first class letter
· James will be on the 66p basic rate worldwide
· Percy will be on the 68p Europe up to 20gm
· Daisy will be on the 76p basic airmail rate to 10gm
· Toby will be on the rest of world airmail up to 20gm
· Gordon will be on the £1.10 rest of world 20gm
Philip Parker, Royal Mail spokesperson said: "In this age of bullet trains and high speed travel it’s great to see that children around the world are still enchanted by a little blue tank engine and his friends.
"We hope this stamp issue will bring happy memories to all those people young and old who have enjoyed the Reverend’s wonderful stories."
Rick Glankler, global brand management Thomas - & Thomas division – EMEA, added: “With over two thousand subjects suggested each year it is a huge coup and an absolute honour that the Royal Mail has chosen to help celebrate the centenary of the birth of the Rev W. Awdry by producing this colourful range of Thomas & Friends stamps. We could not think of a more fitting way to mark this special anniversary."