06 August 2015

Royal Mail is celebrating this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe by issuing a very special postmark. This is the first time in the company’s 500 year history that a festival of this kind has been featured on a postmark.

The postmark will be applied to stamped UK mail from 07 to 31 August.

Local postman Stuart Millar and postwoman Katrina Coll had a sneak preview of the special postmark in Edinburgh today, along with Kath Mainland, chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city. 2015 will see 50,459 performances of 3,314 shows from 49 countries in 313 venues.

Royal Mail’s postmarks are reserved for special occasions and are used to recognise significant events, historical anniversaries or support of charity.

Andrew Hammond, Director of Stamps & Collectibles at Royal Mail, said: “Since it was started in 1947, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has become an iconic event not only in Scotland but across the UK and the world and we wanted to pay tribute to that.

“We are delighted to be sharing the excitement of the event with the millions of customers that use Royal Mail every day.”

Kath Mainland, chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that Royal Mail has given the Edinburgh Festival Fringe the prestigious honour of a Royal Mail postmark.

“Hundreds of thousands of people travel from across the UK and indeed from around the world to be a part of the explosion of creativity that is the Fringe and it’s fitting that our 2015 Fringe postmark will travel out across the world with every letter posted during August. It’s very exciting”.

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The 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe will run from 07 – 31 August.
Media Office opening hours 07 – 31 August from 10.00 – 20.00 BST daily +44 (0)131 240 1919
Box Office tickets.edfringe.com +44 (0)131 226 0000