With still more than three months to go until Christmas it might seem a little early to be thinking about the festive season.
But one budding schoolboy artist has had Christmas on his mind since the summer holidays began.
Young Carl Linfoot has been named as a winning entrant in Royal Mail’s children’s Christmas stamp design competition to create a seasonal stamp.
So when piles of post arrive at his Norbreck home, it might well be adorned with his specially designed snowman picture.
The 10-year-old came up with the image in July when set to task by teachers at Westcliff Primary School, on Crawford Avenue, Bispham.
He said: “It was a bit weird to do a Christmas picture when it was sunny.
“I just thought to make it the best I could and really Christmassy.”
Butafter drawing up the design, Carl, known as CJ to schoolmates, then forgot about the entry – until he was told it had been chosen by the Royal Mail as one of 140 finalists nationwide.
This Christmas will be only the third time in Royal Mail’s history that a special seasonal stamp has been designed by a child, with the previous occasions coming in 1966 and 1981.
Thanks to being picked as one of the regional finalists, he has already won £100 in vouchers for himself as well as £100 for his school to spend.
“I’m going to buy art pencils and paints, stuff to practice with,” he said. “Maybe school can spend it on art.”
Now it’s down to competition judges to choose regional winners and then HRH Prince William to decide on overall national winners for first and second class stamps.
And as with all special stamps issued by Royal Mail, both winning designs will have to be approved by The Queen too.
“I’d be really happy to see it on post,” said Carl.
“That would be amazing for Prince William to have chosen it.”