Postboxes to remain gold as a reminder of Olympic triumphs

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ROYAL Mail has decided that gold postboxes will be a permanent feature on the nation’s streets as a reminder of Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic glory at London 2012.

Some 110 boxes were re-painted and now each will sport a plaque bearing the name of the gold medal winner and their achievement.

A Royal Mail spokesman said: “The postboxes have now become cherished local landmarks, with many members of the public visiting them and circulating pictures of them on social media channels.”

The decision to keep the postboxes gold marks the first time in Royal Mail’s history that it has painted them a different colour permanently to mark an historic achievement.

In Yorkshire there are postboxes in honour of triathlete Alistair Brownlee in New Road Side, Horsforth, Leeds; boxer Nicola Adams in Cookridge Street, Leeds; and cyclist Ed Clancy in Railway Street, Huddersfield, among several others.

The most northerly is in Lossiemouth, Scotland, to celebrate Heather Stanning’s rowing victory with partner Helen Glover, whose postbox in Penzance is the most southerly.

Steve McGuinness, Royal Mail’s delivery director for North and West Yorkshire, said: “We are delighted at the way people took to this simple idea.

“The gold postboxes gave communities even more opportunity to mark the successes of Team GB and Paralympics GB – and became a part of local celebrations of London 2012 across the UK.

“I am pleased to confirm that these postboxes will be kept gold permanently.”

The location of every box can be viewed at www.goldpostboxes.com along with many pictures uploaded by visitors.

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