Post boxes to stay golden in honour of Olympic idols

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The incredible achievements of Leeds’s Olympic heroes will be forever immortalised in gold, bosses at Royal Mail have announced.

A year after the games, the firm has revealed that a pair of post boxes, which were painted in honour of London 2012 heroes Nicola Adams and Alistair Brownlee, will remain permanently gold.

Nicola’s box on Cookridge Street, in the city centre, was originally repainted last summer to mark her trailblazing gold medal win in the boxing.

Burmantofts pugilist Nicola became the first woman to ever win an Olympic boxing gold when she defeated world number one Ren Cancan in the final.

The box has received a new coat of paint and has a plaque, which details Nicola’s fantastic achievement.

Another post box in Horsforth will also stay golden in honour of Alistair’s gold medal win in the men’s triathlon.

The two-time triathlon world champion memorably competed alongside his brother Jonathan, who took the bronze medal after finishing third in London last summer.

The boxes have become a popular local feature, with many fans posing next to them for pictures.

A third box on Town Street, Rawdon, will also remain gold to mark David Stone’s medal win in the cycling, mixed T1-2 road race.

In total, 111 post boxes were painted gold across the country.

The latest move is believed to be the first time in its history that Royal Mail has permanently changed the colour of some of its post boxes to celebrate an historic achievement.

Another two post boxes in Halifax, painted in honour of Hannah Cockroft’s success at the London 2012 Paralympic Games will also be kept golden. A map of all the gold post boxes can be seen at

Karly Strawson and four-year-old Myles Smith, from Pontefract, strike a pose. Picture: James Hardisty

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