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9 July

365 great things about Staffordshire - Staffordshire’s 'Curious Customs' immortalised on Royal Mail stamps 

The world famous Abbots Bromley Horn Dance - A unique and ancient dance ritual dating back to the middle ages, still held annually in Staffordshire - is featured in a special set of Royal Mail stamps celebrating our nation’s curious customs.

The new Curious Customs Stamp Card Pack from the Royal Mail is part of a range highlighting just some of the diverse customs that are just very British.

Staffordshire has a wide and varied range of annual festivals, celebrations and customs, each linked to a particular time of year.

Many of them involve singing, dancing, dressing up or unusual competitions but above all else involve fun.

So we're chuffed that they have decided to include a very popular Staffordshire custom, featuring a quirky new art design, depicting the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance event.

As well as the functioning postage stamps, the Royal Mail have produced a collectable Curious Customs Stamp Card Pack which features a set of eight post cards each featuring an enlarged reproduction of the image on one of the postage stamps in this issue. Ideal for framing, collecting or sending as post card the curious customs stamp cards are the perfect way to enjoy these stamps in greater detail.

More about the stamp collection and associated collectable packs here at the Royal Mail website.

(We'll be covering the details about the horn dance in a future '365 Great Thing about Staffordshire' - but you can also learn more about that now if you want, too)

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