Issue Date: 06/11/2001
Issue Name: Christmas 2001 - Robins
Producer: Buckingham Covers
This charming little cover featuring Britain's favourite bird became one of our most popular covers ever and is now one of the scarcest. Very difficult to find, we have managed to buy some back and have a few left. It features the set of five Christmas stamps and has a Midhurst, Sussex postmark (6th November, 2001), and is available signed by George Cole, or Felicity Kendall.
It is hard to imagine a Christmas without robins, they have become a symbol of festivities. Although thy are present all year, they are more noticeable in winter. The robin has a religious significance too. There is a legind that the robin got its red breast when it was pierced by a thorn from Jesus' crow as he hung on the cross. But a more likely reason for them becoming so synonymous with Christmas is that when early Christmas cards were produced in the eighteenth century, they were delivered by postmen wearing bright red coats. They were known as 'robins' or 'redbreasts' and so the bird on the Christmas card represented the postman who delivered it.
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George Edward Cole, OBE was an English actor whose career spanned more than 70 years. He was best known for playing Arthur Daley in the long-running ITV comedy-drama show Minder and Flash Harry in the early St Trinian's films.
Felicity Ann Kendal CBE is an English actress, working in television and theatre. She has appeared in numerous stage and screen roles over a 45-year career, but the role that brought attention to her career was that of Barbara Good in the 1975 television series The Good Life