Updated: Monday, 10th December 2018 @ 4:16pm

Leave your Midas touch Royal Mail! Manchester calls for permanent Olympic heroes' golden post box

Leave your Midas touch Royal Mail! Manchester calls for permanent Olympic heroes' golden post box

By Mancunian Matters staff

Proud Mancunians are calling for Albert Square’s golden post box to stay put and continue to honour the city’s Olympic heroes.

The post box was temporarily repainted last month in recognition of Philip Hindes’ victory in the cycling team sprint final, alongside Bolton-born Jason Kenny and Salford-based Sir Chris Hoy.

Royal Mail lent their Midas touch in the home towns of all British champions to spruce up the typically red post boxes, and have also released stamps featuring each of Team GB’s gold medal winners.

Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “We’re working with British cycling and the other sporting bodies to plan an appropriate celebration for our amazing Olympians and Paralympians.

“An announcement about this event will be made shortly.”

Manchester City Council’s cycling chief Carl Austin has already written to officials at British Cycling and Royal Mail requesting that they make it a permanent feature.

Mr Austin, who is in charge of promoting cycling across the city, has also called for a plaque to be installed to commemorate the medal-winning team, who train at Manchester’s Velodrome.

There are also plans for a celebratory parade to be held in the city to jointly commemorate Manchester’s Olympic and Paralympic successes.

Viv Warentz, of Manchester, was delighted to have the momentum in the city, she said: “I love it, I think it is brilliant.”

While Dawn Quarmby, of Stalybridge, said: “I think it should have a plaque on it saying who and what it was for.”

Manchester has undergone a cycling renaissance over the past decade, with the city’s velodrome becoming the home of British cycling since the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

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