Olympic and Paralympic gold postboxes to remain permanent feature
A gold postbox in Swansea marking Ellie Simmonds' winning ways in the London Paralympics is set to become a permanent feature.
The Royal Mail announced today that the local landmarks which were painted over the summer to celebrate the gold medals of Team GB and ParalympicsGB will also feature a plaque which names the athlete and marks their gold medal achievement.
The Royal Mail painted the postbox on Trawler Road in the marina following the swimming sensation’s second gold medal this summer.
The teenager, whose first gold medal was marked with a gold postbox at her hometown of Walsall, asked for that particular postbox in the city because it is close to where she trains at the Wales National Pool.
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Stamps to commemorate her wins in the Women's 400m Freestyle -S6 final and the Women's 200m Individual Medley SM6 final were also issued.
The decision to keep the post boxes gold marks the first time in Royal Mail’s history that it has painted its iconic post boxes a different colour permanently to mark an historic achievement.
110 postboxes have been painted gold across the UK, with the most northerly in Lossiemouth, Scotland, painted to celebrate Heather Stanning’s rowing victory with partner Helen Glover.
Moya Greene, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Mail Group, 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 postbox can be seen at www.goldpostboxes.com along with many pictures uploaded by visitors.
Meanwhile, the Olchfa Comprehensive School pupil was named British Ambassador of the Year alongside TeamGB Olympians Jessica Ennis and Victoria Pendleton at Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards evening at Claridges hotel in London.
At the awards Stella McCartney — who designed the athletes’ kits for this year’s Olympics — was named British Designer of the Year, with the Queen named Icon of the Year.