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RURAL MATTERS: Royal Mail's new stamps are a rare breed.

Pigs will definitely fly this week as part of a launch of new stamps highlighting rare breed farm animals.

Drawings of ducks, chicks, geese, pigs and other animals will appear on ten first class stamps which go on sale today.

The stamps, the first of 2005, mark the 25th anniversary of the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens. There are 59 city farms throughout the UK, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

Julietta Edgar, head of Royal Mail's special stamps division said: 'Our stamp programme has always striven to showcase the uniqueness of the UK's way of life.

'The farm animal stamps are the fifth set in Royal Mail's animal series and demonstrate the diversity of the UK's farm animal rare breed population.'

The Royal Mail has presented a calf to Hackney City Farm in London to coincide with the stamp launch.

The new stamps, lino-cut illustrations by artist Chris Wormell, depict ten rare breed farm animals.

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Noah Robinson, aged eight, with chickens at Hackney City Farm in East London, to help launch Royal Mail's set of first class stamps
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Date:Jan 11, 2005
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