The Bagpuss stamp was unveiled today on a postbox in Canterbury to mark the 50th anniversary of Royal Mail’s much-loved modern Special Stamps programme (#yearofthestamp).

Bagpuss featured on a set of Special Stamps issued in 2014 celebrating much-loved characters from children’s TV, marking 40 years since he made his debut.  The plaque is on the postbox on Stour Street, Canterbury as the original character is on display at the Canterbury Heritage Museum and Bagpuss creator Peter Firmin also lives nearby.

Unveiling the new stamp plaque in Canterbury, Joanna Jones, Director of Museums and Galleries at Canterbury City Council, said: “I am delighted that Royal Mail has chosen this unique way to celebrate this well-known and lovable cat. He first delighted children when he appeared on television screens in 1974 and he can still be seen in the Heritage Museum, where he’s on permanent display with other characters from the show, and of course on the plaque on this Canterbury postbox.”

Bagpuss creator Peter Firmin said: “I never thought when I created Bagpuss many years ago that he would continue to be so well loved by people of all ages.  It’s a great honour for this “saggy old cloth cat” to appear on an iconic Royal Mail postbox in his hometown of Canterbury.”

Gary Yard, Royal Mail Delivery Director, added: ”Many people, places, and indeed animals in this instance, have influenced stamp designs over the past 50 years. We are proud that one of our postboxes in Canterbury will feature the lovable Bagpuss, We hope that all our customers, visitors and local residents enjoy this special stamp plaque and might even take a photo as a memento.”

The origional Bagpuss is on permanent display at Canterbury Heritage Museum. Click here for visitor information and to plan your visit