Olympic heroes’ golden post box will permanently remain in Manchester city centre and will also be fitted with a plaque in honour of the city’s cyclists, Royal Mail confirmed today.
The post box was given the midas touch in August as Manchester Velodrome’s Olympic cycling team of Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Sir Chris Hoy triumphed at London 2012.
Carl Austin, Manchester City Council’s lead member for cycling, urged the Royal Mail to scrap its plans to re-paint the box back to its original red, and has succeeded in his calls.
“The men’s sprint team, along with other Manchester-based cyclists such as Victoria Pendleton, Sarah and Barney Storey, and Bradley Wiggins, have inspired hundreds of people to take up this healthy and environmentally friendly activity,” he said.
“This post box will now be a wonderful lasting legacy to the heroes who learned their skills at the Velodrome, with hundreds of Mancunians and visitors to the city reminded of their achievements every time they pass it.”
Mr Austin had previously led a city-wide campaign to have the box painted gold in recognition of the achievements of the city’s Olympians.
The box will also be fitted with a special plaque in time for the homecoming event for Manchester’s Olympic heroes on October 26.
Mr Austin hailed the decision and believes the post box will represent the athletes’ successes and continue the legacy carried from the Olympic Games.
The announcement will come as a huge delight to Manchester’s citizens after many told Mancunian Matters earlier this month that the gold box was essential to the city.