Updated: Friday, 24th November 2017 @ 8:08am

Future is golden as Royal Mail honour Manchester's London 2012 heroes with permanently glowing post boxes

Future is golden as Royal Mail honour Manchester's London 2012 heroes with permanently glowing post boxes

By Phil Jones

Olympic memories will live on in Greater Manchester after Royal Mail today announced that all gold post boxes will remain that way permanently.

Greater Manchester boasts five of the golden boxes honouring cyclists Sarah Storey, Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes, as well as swimmer Heather Frederiksen.

Leigh Paralympic swimmer Frederiksen won gold in the S8 100m backstroke to earn her box, and also added three silvers to her London 2012 haul.

A spokesman for Wigan Council said: “We are proud of Heather’s achievements and pleased to hear the post box in Leigh will remain golden.

“We have some great sporting heritage across the borough and Heather Fredericksen epitomises that.” 

Hindes’ box in Manchester city centre had already been saved by Royal Mail but today’s announcement means all 110 boxes across the country will remain gold.

Traditionally red, the post boxes were painted gold in honour of every gold medal won by Team GB in the summer’s Olympic and Paralympic games.

Not only will they not be repainted, but each box will be fitted with a plaque naming the athlete and detailing their achievement.

The boxes have become beloved landmarks and drawn crowds from far and wide, with people posing for photographs aside the iconic monuments.

Originally planned to be re-painted red ‘in due course’, the announcement marks the first time Royal Mail’s boxes have permanently changed colour to mark an historic event.

Moya Greene, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Mail Group, said: "We are delighted at the way people took to this simple idea.

"The gold post boxes gave communities even more opportunity to mark the successes of Team GB and Paralympics GB - and became a part of local celebrations of London 2012 across the UK.”

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