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Sophie Christiansen's painted post boxes to stay gold

Sophie Christiansen's painted post boxes to stay gold

Sophie Flowers

Sophie Christiansen's painted post boxes to stay gold

Gold post boxes in Maidenhead and Sunningdale will keep their golden glow permanently.

Royal Mail announced today that all of its 110 gold post boxes across the UK, celebrating Olympic and Paralympic medals, will not return to the usual red.

The landmarks will also feature a plaque naming the athlete and their achievements.

The post boxes in Maidenhead High Street (left) and London Road in Sunningdale (below) were painted gold this summer to mark Sophie Christiansen’s Paralympic gold medals in the equestrian events.

The Sunningdale post box

The 24-year-old former Charters schoolgirl, who lives in Boyn Hill Road, Maidenhead, won three gold medals with her horse Janeiro.

It is the first time in its history that Royal Mail has permanently changed the colour of some of its iconic boxes to celebrate an historic achievement.

Moya Greene, Royal Mail Group chief executive officer, 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."

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