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Golden goodwill continues

03:28pm, 04 Nov, 2012 Ian Lynch
Olympics
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Praise for Royal Mail and our golden postboxes has continued, with more glowing tributes on Sunday
Henley postbox

Since our announcement on Friday that the gold postboxes will be staying gold permanently, the athletes and media have gone crazy for our news.

Online coverage continues to feature on websites across the UK, while there have been more than 50 tweets on Twitter in the past 24 hours.

Wilmslow gold postbox

We painted a postbox gold on Friday outside of Tesco Express on Alderley Road, Wilmslow. This was to celebrate the gold medal wins of cyclists Craig MacLean and Victoria Pendleton.

Chancellor George Osborne was in town to officially unveil the gold postbox and congratulate Craig, who has lived in Wilmslow for the past three years.

Craig won his gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympics with his cycling partner Anthony Kappes. Craig was pilot in the men's tandem sprint for the blind and visually impaired.

He told the wilmslow.co.uk website: ‘Just like having the freedom of the Borough it's a great honour to have a gold postbox. They have just announced that the gold postboxes are going to stay like that with a plaque so even if I am not a Wilmslow resident all my life I'll always be able to come back and visit it.’

Fantastic Mr Fox

Our announcement was celebrated in the Clay Country village of St Stephen, where a golden postbox celebrates the Paralympic medal won by local man Jonathan Fox in the 100 metre men's 100m backstroke S7 event.

His mother, Mary, told the thisiscornwall.co.uk website: ‘That has made my day. I thought it was only going to be for six months and it's lovely news to hear that it will be there permanently.

‘People still say to me that they are going to visit Jonathan's postbox so I think it's fabulous. I know Jonathan will be delighted.’

Belfast bonanza

Three postboxes were painted gold in Northern Ireland – one in Eglington for Jason Smyth, one in Glengormley for Jason Smyth and one in Seaford for Bethany Firth. 

Ulster Olympic hero Dame Mary Peters told the Belfast News Letter: ‘Northern Ireland’s Olympians and Paralympians kept us all gripped this summer by their achievements at London 2012, and none more so than our three local gold medal-winning Paralympians. I am delighted that the gold postboxes for Jason, Michael and Bethany are to remain gold as a permanent tribute to their outstanding success.’