Ben Ainslie's Olympic post box to stay gold
12:44pm Friday 2nd November 2012 in News
The postbox painted gold in honour of Falmouth's own Olympic hero Ben Ainslie will stay gold.
Royal Mail has announced that post boxes painted to celebrate the gold medals of Team GB and ParalympicsGB will stay golden on a "permanent basis".
Ben's post box, at Restronguet, outside the Pandora Inn, was painted after Ben won gold at the London 2012 games.
In total 110 have been painted across the UK, with Penzance rower Helen Glover honoured with a post box in Penzance.
Each post box will have a plaque naming the athlete.
The decision to keep the post boxes gold marks the first time in Royal Mail’s history that it has painted its iconic post boxes a different colour permanently to mark an historic achievement.
Moya Greene, chief executive officer at Royal Mail Group, said: "We are delighted at the way people took to this simple idea.
"The gold post boxes 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 post boxes will be kept gold permanently."