BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: UK: Wales  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
England
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales
Politics
Education
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Tuesday, 20 August, 2002, 12:44 GMT 13:44 UK
Fairytale launch for stamps
Fairies and Royal Mail stamps
Members of Offa playscheme helped in the launch
Fairies have returned to a house in Wrexham which is steeped in folklore.

Tinkerbell and her friends flew into the garden of Fairy Mount house in Fairy Road, Wrexham to celebrate the launch of Royal Mail's new stamps.

Tinkerbell stamps
One of the stamps portrays Tinkerbell

Youngsters from Offa playscheme dressed up as the little creatures to promote the post office's Peter Pan collection.

The set of five stamps have gone on sale to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London.

Peter Pan creator JM Barrie had a long association with the hospital and donated the rights to his famous story to them.

Fairy Mount house was chosen to launch the stamps because of its magical address.

Mr and Mrs Lynes
Mr and Mrs Lynes own the house

Local historian Alister Williams said the house had a famous history.

"It was built in 1881 by W.E. Samuels, who was a well known local builder and mayor of Wrexham, he developed the whole of this side of the road.

"In the course of the building of this house they decided to do some excavating on the mound which had always been regarded as a fairy mound - where the fairies came out at night and danced around."

Human remains and some pottery, dating back to the Bronze Age were discovered in the mound but they have since been misplaced.

Mr Williams added: "This was always known locally as the fairy mound."


In this garden there is a fairy mound and a fairy oak tree and we thought it quite apt to do it here

Moelwyn Jones Royal Mail

The fairytale house belongs to Lynn and Brian Lynes.

Lynn said the history surrounding the building was fascinating: "The previous owners told us about a few bits of history and we found out more and researched it and it's quite interesting."

She added: "Children used to think fairies lived in the tree here."

The couple have lived in the Grade II listed building for three years.

Brian Lynes said he was surprised when Royal Mail asked if they could use his home to launch their stamps.

Fairy
The young fairies liked the stamps

"It came completely out of the blue, I think they did a little bit of research on an address that would fit in with the launch of fairytale stamps."

Royal Mail's Moelwyn Jones said the house was the obvious place to come for the launch.

"In this garden there is a fairy mound and a fairy oak tree and we thought it quite apt to do it here.

"And, of course, we all believe in fairies," he said.

The collection groups together five stamps for the domestic market - Tinkerbell, the children of the Peter Pan story and the crocodile.

There are two airmail stamps showing Captain Cook and Peter Pan himself.

 WATCH/LISTEN
 ON THIS STORY
BBC Wales's Matthew Richards
"Everyone knows that fairies are pure fiction "

More news from north east Wales
See also:

28 Jun 02 | Entertainment
25 Jan 01 | Wales
01 Nov 00 | Scotland
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Wales stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Wales stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes