By Nick Butler

A special set of stamps will be launched by Royal Mail in July to mark the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games ©Royal MailApril 17 - Royal Mail will issue a range of special Commonwealth Games stamps in July to mark the start of Glasgow 2014, it has been announced.

The stamps will feature the sports of athletics, cycling, judo, netball squash and swimming, with a sneak preview of the netball stamp [pictured] having already been unveiled.

This follows a series of other stamps produced by Royal Mail in recent years to mark British sporting achievements, including last summer when Andy Murray became the first British tennis player to win the Wimbledon men's singles title since 1936.

All of the stamps have been created by Dutch illustrator Nanette Hoogslag, based on original photography by Andy Hooper, chief sports photographer of the Daily Mail.

They will go on sale in three months time on July 17, six days before the Games begin, with customers able to register their interest to buy the stamps here

"Royal Mail is delighted to be issuing special stamps for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games," said Royal Mail's head of stamps and collectibles Andrew Hammond.

"We are sure that they will capture the imagination of people in Scotland and the UK as well as all those athletes who will be in Glasgow and want to send mail back home.

"The Commonwealth Games is the third-biggest multi-sport competition in the world and the special stamp issue will be a lasting reminder of the occasion."

Glasgow 2014 deputy chief executive Ty Speer was similarly pleased with the plans when he claimed how "the unveiling of these special stamps to mark Glasgow's hosting of the Commonwealth Games is an exciting moment".

He added: "It will appeal both to people sending mail during the Games as well as those collectors seeking a lasting souvenir of the event."

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