Alistair Brownlee's Gold Post Box
3:20pm 8th August 2012
Royal Mail today celebrated Alistair Brownlee’s Men’s Triathlon Olympic gold medal win by painting an iconic red post box gold in his home town of Horsforth.
Royal Mail will be painting one of its much-loved red post boxes gold to celebrate every Team GB and ParalympicsGB gold medal win during the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games
The UK is the first country to paint post boxes gold to celebrate Olympic and Paralympic gold medal wins
This is the first occasion in modern times when Royal Mail has changed the colour of its post boxes. Red has been the standard colour for UK boxes from 1874, with few exceptions
An iconic red post box in Alistair Brownlee’s home town of Horsforth was painted gold by Royal Mail today to celebrate his Olympic gold medal win.
To mark Alistair’s gold medal winning performance in the Men’s Triathlon, Royal Mail has painted GOLD the iconic red post box at Craghill PO - 77 New Road Side, Horsforth, LS18 4QD
The UK is the first country to paint post boxes gold to celebrate Olympic and Paralympic gold medal wins.
To celebrate the win, Royal Mail also produced special gold medal stamps yesterday, which are on sale in more than 500 Post Offices today, including the Post Office on Church Lane, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, neighbouring his home town of Horsforth.
The stamps feature an image of Alistair as he won the Men’s Triathlon yesterday. A further 4,700 branches will be selling the gold medal stamps within a week of a win.
Royal Mail will be painting one of its iconic and much-loved red post boxes gold to celebrate every Team GB and ParalympicsGB gold medal win during the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
This is a unique, highly visible and fitting way to recognise the successes of Team GB and ParalympicsGB gold medal win during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Royal Mail’s post boxes are a much-loved part of the UK landscape. The UK was among the first countries to erect post boxes. Anthony Trollope, the famous nineteenth century author and former Chief Secretary to the Postmaster General, is credited with introducing pillar boxes to the UK, having seen them in France and Belgium.
Many of the first UK post boxes were painted green to blend in with the landscape. However, to make them more visible to the public, bright red was introduced in 1874. Red has remained the standard colour for UK boxes from then on, with few exceptions.
The gold boxes will remain in use and customers will be able to post mail in these boxes as normal. Mail collections from the boxes will also be unaffected. The boxes will be repainted in Royal Mail's traditional red in due course.
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