Postboxes for Plymouth's Olympic heroes

Gold medallist Ruta Meilutyte and bronze winner Tom Daley pose beside their postboxes at Home Park Credit: ITV Westcountry

They've already been welcomed back to Plymouth with an open top parade through the city, now the city's Olympians are being given another unusual accolade by Plymouth Argyle Football Club.

Three refurbished post boxes are being put up outside Argyle's Mayflower stand. They've been painted gold, bronze and green to commemorate the achievements of gold medal-winning swimmer Ruta Meilutyte, bronze medallists Tom Daley and Greg Searle and all the other city Olympians and Paralympians.

People will be able to post their messages to the Olympians in this gold postbox Credit: ITV Westcountry

They're not going to be actual Royal Mail post boxes, so you won't be able to post your letters in them, but for the first few months you will be able to post letters of congratulation to the Olympians, that will be passed on to them. After that the boxes will be used to collect suggestions for improvements to Plymouth's sporting facilities.

The Olympians during their open-top bus parade through Plymouth Credit: ITV Westcountry

The boxes will be alongside three of Plymouth's major sporting venues, Plymouth Argyle, the Life Centre and the proposed new international ice skating rink.

Rower Greg Searle, who won bronze in the Men's Eight at London 2012 is a Plymouth Argyle fan Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

Plymouth College students Tom Daley and Ruta Meilutyte and Plymouth Argyle fan Greg Searle got to see the postboxes for themselves at Home Park this afternoon.