Royal Mail announced today that all its gold post boxes celebrating Olympic and Paralympic successes will remain gold permanently. Each post box will now have a permanent plaque attached explaining why it has been painted gold which names the athlete and marks their wonderful achievement. The first plaque was attached on the Pillar Box in Stratford, home to the Olympic village, yesterday.
There are 110 gold painted post boxes across the UK, with the most northerly in Lossiemouth, Scotland, painted to celebrate Heather Stanning’s rowing victory with partner Helen Glover. Helen’s post box, in Penzance, is actually the most southerly location. The two boxes were the first painted by Royal Mail after Heather and Helen became the first gold medallists of the summer.
The post boxes have now become tourist attractions and cherished local landmarks, with many members of the public visiting them and circulating pictures of them on social media channels. Originally it was thought they would be repainted in the traditional red in due course.
The decision to keep the post boxes gold marks the first time in Royal Mail’s history that it has painted its iconic post boxes a different colour permanently to mark an historic achievement. It’s rather pleasing to know that our fantastic Olympic athletes won’t be forgotten, they’ll always have their gold post box to mark their incredible achievements.