25/07/2012 Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Post boxes painted gold for Team GB Olympics victories

62b95c6e-c286-4ba8-b25a-a52f3d8240b0

Royal Mail has begun painting post boxes gold to celebrate every Team GB gold medal win during the London 2012 Olympic Games, with wins during the Paralympic Games also set to be celebrated in the same unique way.

Post boxes in the home town of the winning athletes will be painted gold whenever possible, a statement confirmed, and will complement the gold-medal stamps being issued within hours of each victory.

A spokesperson for Royal Mail said: ‘This will be a unique, highly visible and fitting way to recognise the successes of Team GB and ParalympicsGB during this summer’s global sporting events. The UK is believed to be the first country to paint its post boxes gold to celebrate Olympic and Paralympic gold medal wins.

‘A dedicated team will be on standby to transform the specially selected post boxes within days of a win. To celebrate a gold medal win by teams of more than two competitors, the post box chosen to be painted gold will be in a location relevant to all team members.’

Back to News

25/07/2012 Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

Philatelists to receive Roll of Distinguished Philatelists honour

Four renowned philatelists, including British expert and former proprietor of HH Sales, Stephen Holder, have ...


Sponsor a sleeper to support Mail Rail

The Postal Museum is offering members of the public the chance to sponsor a sleeper from the historic Mail ...


Rare penny sells for £72,000 and sets coin world record

A 1933 Pattern Penny was recently sold at Baldwin’s auction room in London for £72,000, breaking the world ...


USA resumes mail deliveries to Cuba

The United States Postal Service has resumed direct transportation of mail service with Cuba for the first ...


Other News

Limited edition stamp collecting postcards with Stamp & Coin Mart

Stamp & Coin Mart subscribers will receive a free set of five postcards with the June 2016 issue of Stamp & ...


Royal Mail launch project to find long-forgotten letters

Royal Mail are encouraging the general public to submit forgotten letters to a growing archive of ...


Australian ‘emergency stamps’ become modern rarity

Sets of Australian 30c ‘emergency’ stamps, issued during a recent shortage prompted by a price rise, are ...


Canada Post reveal Star Trek sci-fi stamps

Canada Post have kept stamp collectors and fans of the iconic 1960s science fiction TV show Star Trek on ...