Stamp of approval for Thunderbirds creator

Royal Mail is celebrating the work of puppeteer Gerry Anderson with a new set of special "motion stamps" issued yesterday.

The programmes celebrated on the main issue of stamps are Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90, Fireball XL5, Supercar and Stingray. In addition, a miniature sheet of four "motion" stamps has been specially printed which, when they are tilted back and forth, show the opening sequence of Thunderbirds.

London-born Anderson, 81, said: "I feel incredibly proud that my work has been chosen to appear on a set of Royal Mail stamps, and to see actual animation of the opening scenes of Thunderbirds appear on the motion stamps is really wonderful."

The latest stamps celebrate the 50th anniversary of Anderson's programmes which began with Supercar in 1961.