All across the country, normally red postboxes have been painted gold by the Royal Mail. These are in honour of British gold medal winning Olympic and Paralympic athletes at the London 2012 games – a postbox in the home town of each winning athlete is painted gold to celebrate their win, along with the release of a special stamp with their name and photograph.
Our local winner was Hannah Cockroft, who won two gold medals in the T34 wheelchair sprint, at 100 and 200 metres respectively – both times setting new Paralympic records. Hannah has cerebral palsy, linked to two cardiac arrests at birth which caused brain damage; despite this, she’s become a world-leading athlete and is off to university next year – she’s only 20 years old.
Her gold postbox is outside Halifax Town Hall, and when I went to take a photo yesterday there were quite a few people there wanting to do the same. And around 300 people attended a homecoming event at the Piece Hall on Thursday.
Unfortunately, the postbox doesn’t carry any kind of plaque to say why it has been painted gold or who it is commemorating, which is a shame. And I expect that the gold paint is temporary and it’ll revert to its usual red in a few months time. But it’s a nice gesture to celebrate someone who has achieved a lot in such a short space of time – more than most.