Leave the painting to us, says Royal Mail

Bronze postbox in Doddington - before it was restored to its original red colour! Photo: The Lincolnite

Royal Mail has urged fans to leave the painting of postboxes to them after one was given a bronze makeover in Lincolnshire in honour of the British women's hockey team.

The postbox was transformed in Doddington, the home of midfielder Georgie Twigg, who took bronze with a 3-1 win over New Zealand in the third-place play-off on Friday.

Ms Twigg was one of three Lincolnshire players to win a medal on Friday.

Royal Mail engineers have been marking the achievements of Britain's gold medal-winning athletes by painting postboxes in their home towns gold.

They have now restored the postbox to its original red colour.