Hannah’s post boxes will stay gold - and get plaques

Hannah Cockroft at her gold postbox in Mount Tabor.
Hannah Cockroft at her gold postbox in Mount Tabor.

The Royal Mail say that the two Halifax postboxes painted in recognition of Hannah Cockroft’s paralympic success will remain gold.

The boxes have become cherished landmarks in Calderdale, with thousands of people having had their photographs taken next to them.

It had originally been thought that the post boxes outside the Town Hall in Halifax and in Hannah’s home village of Mount Tabour would return to their traditional red at the end of this month.

But the Royal Mail have now confirmed that the iconic boxes will stay gold forever - the first time in history that the Royal Mail has permanently changed their colour.

Each post box will also have a plaque which names the athlete and marks their gold medal achievement.

Steve McGuinness, Delivery Director North & West Yorkshire, 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.”

Exactly 110 have been painted across the UK.

Painting the iconic post boxes gold was a part of Royal Mail’s plans to honour the victories of Team GB and Paralympics GB, along with the gold medal stamps programme.

The location of every box can be seen at www.goldpostboxes.com.

Royal Mail has produced stamps to celebrate each gold medal which will remain on sale until December 31.