Royal Mail to celebrate gold medals with gold post boxes
Royal Mail today revealed that it will be painting some red post boxes gold to celebrate every Team GB and ParalympicsGB gold medal win during the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. 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. The post boxes chosen will, wherever possible, be in the home-town of the winning athlete.
Many of the first UK post boxes were painted green to blend in with the landscape. However, to make them more visible to the public, bright red was introduced in 1874. Red has remained the standard colour for UK boxes from then on, with few exceptions. The gold boxes will remain in use and customers will be able to post mail in these boxes as normal.
Post boxes will not be the only things turning gold this summer. Royal Mail will issue special stamps to celebrate each Team GB gold medal win at the London 2012 Games with an action image of the athletes. These stamps will go on sale within 24 hours of a Team GB gold medal win.
It’s also worth noting that Royal Mail are not surcharging customers for any deliveries during the Olympic Games including deliveries inside the Olympic Road Network, all the official Games venues and the Olympic village.