Dame Tanni Grey Thompson was the latest – rolling up her sleeves and picking up a paintbrush – to celebrate the launch of our unique involvement in the London 2012 Paralympics.
Our main picture is Tanni with our Olympics director Mark Thomson, and inset, with one of our Romec engineers, Earl Pickles.
She was helping us to paint a very special postbox gold at Stoke Mandeville Hospital – the spiritual home of the Paralympic Games.
The village of Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire is where neurologist Dr Ludwig Guttmann worked with injured serviceman after World War Two.
He revolutionised the treatment of spinal injuries and laid the foundations of the modern Paralympic Games.
Tanni says: ‘The gold postboxes have really captured the public’s imagination. It’s great that Paralympians can enjoy the same honour in their hometowns.’
If you haven’t seen one of our gold boxes, where have you been?
Primed (geddit?) and ready
We have already painted more than 50 or our iconic red postboxes gold to honour Team GB Olympic champions.
We’ve now unravelled our dust sheets and cleaned our brushes as we (or rather our supplier Romec) get primed and ready to paint a whole lot more. We have ordered a job lot of more golden sparkle paint as we expect to be busy (come on ParalympicsGB!)
In addition to the gold postboxes, we will be producing a stamp for each individual or team ParalympicsGB gold medal win.
Working with the British Paralympic Association, we are doing more than any other postal administration in history in celebrating the achievements of Paralympic athletes.