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London 2012 post boxes will stay gold

One of Wales' seven gold post boxes is in Tredegar, to mark the achievement of cyclist Mark Colbourne Photo: Royal Mail

The seven post boxes painted gold to celebrate Welsh athletes' triumphs at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer will remain gold permanently.

Royal Mail says it's the first time in its history that it's changed the colour of some of its boxes.

  • Tom James - Olympic Rowing Men's Four - Town Hill Post Office in Wrexham
  • Jade Jones - Olympic Taekwondo Women's 57kg - Church Street in Flint
  • Geraint Thomas - Olympic Cycling Men's Team Pursuit - Castle Street in Cardiff
  • Mark Colbourne - Paralympic Cycling C1 3km individual pursuit - Commercial Street in Tredegar
  • Aled Davies - Paralympic Discus Men's F42 - Gentle Way in Bridgend
  • Josie Pearson - Paralympic Discus Women's - Church Street in Hay on Wye
  • Ellie Simmonds - Paralympic Swimming Women's 200m Individual Medley SM6 - Trawler Road in Swansea

All 110 golden post boxes around the UK will be permanently gold. They will also have a plaque naming the local athlete and their achievement.

We are delighted at the way people took to this simple idea. The gold postboxes gave communities even more opportunity to mark the successes of Team GB and Paralympics GB - and became a part of local celebrations of London 2012 across the UK. I am pleased to confirm that these postboxes will be kept gold permanently.

– Moya Greene, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Mail Group
First Minister Carwyn Jones and Presiding Officer Rosemary Butler welcomed some of Wales' gold medal winners to the Senedd Credit: Royal Mail

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