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Royal Mail’s Olympic postboxes will stay gold

2nd November 2012

Postboxes painted gold to celebrate Olympic and Paralympic winners will have plaques attached and be ‘local landmarks’

Royal Mail postboxes painted gold to celebrate Britain’s Olympic winners will not be returned to red.

The company said 110 boxes painted gold across the UK will also have plaques attached, naming the successful athlete and their achievement.

The Royal Mail said it believed it was the first time it had permanently changed the colour of its distinctive red postboxes.

They were painted gold to mark gold medals won by Britons in the Olympics and Paralympics and have become “cherished local landmarks”.

The most northerly is in Lossiemouth, in Moray, Scotland, to celebrate Heather Stanning’s rowing victory with partner Helen Glover, who has a box painted gold in her honour in Penzance, Cornwall.

Royal Mail’s chief executive, Moya Greene, 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 ParalympicsGB, 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 gold postboxes are located in the home towns and cities of gold medal-winners.


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