Bridges, comedians, inventions, bees and rugby will all feature on special stamps being issued by the Royal Mail in 2015.

Undated handout photo issued by Royal Mail of the Two Ronnies, Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker, fea

Undated handout photo issued by Royal Mail of the Two Ronnies, Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker, featuring on a stamp, as part of the comedy greats series to come out in April. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday December 27, 2014. See PA story INDUSTRY Stamps. Photo credit should read: Royal Mail/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. - Credit: PA

Celebrating inventions and bridges and comedy on 2105 stamps

The second issue of a series of stamps commemorating the First World War will also go on sale, in May, including an image of the actual ball used by Rifleman Frank Edwards, who led his fellow troops into battle by kicking a football on the battlefield.

The special stamp programme will start with British inventions such as the world wide web, followed by a set of 10 stamps celebrating the engineering of bridges.

Comedy greats will be the subject of stamps in April, including an image of the Two Ronnies.

The bicentenary of The Battle of Waterloo and the 75th anniversary of the The Battle of Britain will feature on stamps released in the summer, while rugby-themed stamps will be launched in September to mark this country’s hosting of the Rugby World Cup.

The Royal Mail said 2015 would be a notable year for stamp issues, with other sets including bees and a religious-themed Christmas.

Royal Mail receives hundreds of requests every year for its special stamps, as well as researching major anniversaries and events.

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