THE Royal Mail is to release a set of stamps to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Portsmouth-born Charles Dickens.
Characters from the writer’s best-loved stories will be featured on the six stamps.
The first-class stamp features Mr Pickwick from The Pickwick Papers, and the second-class features Mr Bumble from Oliver Twist.
The remaining four stamps feature The Marchioness from The Old Curiosity Shop, Mrs Gamp from Martin Chuzzlewit, Captain Cuttle from Dombey and Son, and Mr Micawber from David Copperfield.
Royal Mail spokesman Philip Parker said Charles Dickens is ‘one of the truly great British novelists’.
He said: ‘We couldn’t think of a more fitting tribute to his life and works than celebrating them on a set of stamps.’
Lucinda Dickens-Hawksley, the great-great-great grandaughter of Charles Dickens, said she is thrilled that he is being remembered in such a unique way and that it makes him a timeless writer.
‘When Charles Dickens was born into an impoverished home in 1812, no-one in his family imagined he would become an international celebrity,’ she said.
‘Royal Mail’s decision to produce stamps to commemorate the bicentenary of his birth illustrates the phenomenon he became in his lifetime and still remains today.’