MANX cycling superstar Mark Cavendish MBE features on a new set of seven Isle of Man Post Office stamps, unveiled this week.
And they include a special feature that makes them come to life on smartphone or tablet screens.
Scanning a smartphone or other mobile device over the £1.05 stamp of Cav in the Rainbow Jersey, for example, will make the stamp appear to come to life and automatically display a video of him winning the world title in Copenhagen.
The stamp issue is one of the first in the world to feature what is known as ‘augmented reality’.
The 38p stamp in the set features him celebrating winning gold for the island in the scratch race at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, while the 41p stamp shows Cav’s first victory as a professional at the 2007 Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen in Belgium, and the 65p stamp shows his thrilling sprint finish to win Milan-San Remo in 2009. The 71p stamp shows Cav wearing the Green Jersey at the end of the 2011 Tour de France while the 80p stamp shows him clinching the World Road Race Championships in Copenhagen in October 2011 and the £1.16 stamp features him winning the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne semi-classic in Belgium in February this year.
Cavendish said: ‘I’m proud to feature in this stamp collection and delighted with the images which have been selected.’
The Manxman also features on a 50p coin minted by Pobjoy Mint in the UK on behalf of the Isle of Man Government and which will be in general circulation as well as in special celebration packs.
The issue is on sale now. It is available online and at the main Post Offices around the island.