The Royal Mail has announced that they will be painting a post box in the hometown of Olympic champions gold, to celebrate the gold medal success of athletes in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.
The gold post boxes are cropping up all across Great Britain, and is testament to the success that is being enjoyed by Team GB in the medal tables, with the iconic red post box in towns across Great Britain being painted gold, in honour of the achievements of the Team GB Olympic champions. You can see if there is a gold post box located in your area by visiting an interactive ‘Gold Post Box Finder’ map that is available online.
So far Andy Murray’s hometown of Dunblane has seen one of it’s traditional pillar box red post boxes painted gold, in celebration of the tennis champion’s gold medal win on Saturday, when Scotsman Murray beat the Swiss tennis player Roger Federer at the Wimbledon re-match in the Men’s Tennis Final of the London 2012 Olympics.
Penzance in West Cornwall is now also home to a much-prized gold post box, thanks to the rower Helen Glover, who took gold in the Women’s Pair Final, rowing Team GB to victory and their first gold medal of London 2012.
Bradley Wiggins, gold medal winner, and victor of the Tour De France, the first British man to win the epic cycling contest in France, secured his hometown of Chorley a gold post box for his efforts in the men’s time trials, having missed out on any hardware in the men’s road race in the opening days of the London 2012 Olympics.
Heptathlon champion and London 2012 poster girl Jessica Ennis has earned her home city of Sheffield a gold post box, with the post box located outside Sheffield’s city hall adorned gold in celebration of her incredible achievements in the women’s heptathlon on Saturday, 4th August.
A second post box is due to be painted gold, following a mix up which saw the wrong post box being painted to commemorate the gold medal won in the team pursuit in the velodrome by cyclist Laura Trott, with the first post box being painted in the wrong town.
As well as seeing a post box in their hometown being painted gold, Olympic champions will also be celebrated with a commemorative stamp, which go on sale within 24 hours of a gold medal win, available from 500 post office branches.