A GOLDEN tribute to Olympics hero Ed Clancy is here to stay.
Royal Mail have announced all the postboxes painted gold to celebrate the gold medals of Team GB and Paralympics GB will remain.
This includes the one on Railway Street in Huddersfield, celebrating Ed Clancy’s Olympic gold medal in the Men’s Team Pursuit.
Exactly 110 have been painted across the UK, with the most northerly in Lossiemouth, Scotland, painted to celebrate Heather Stanning’s rowing victory with partner Helen Glover. Helen’s post box, in Penzance, is actually the most southerly location.
Each postbox will have a plaque which names the athlete and marks their gold medal achievement.
Clancy, a former Holme Valley Wheeler, led Team GB’s men’s pursuit cyclists to victory in the final in the Olympic Velodrome.
The British team of Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh and Steven Burke set a new world record of 3mins 51.659secs – shaving 0.84 of a second off their own record, which they set during the qualifying round.
Steve McGuinness, Delivery Director North & West Yorkshire, said: "We are delighted at the way people took to this simple idea.
"The gold postboxes 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 postboxes will be kept gold permanently."
Painting the iconic postboxes 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.
Royal Mail was the first postal administration to produce stamps for every gold medalist in both Games. The stamps can still be bought online from www.royalmail.com.
lThe first pillar boxes in the British Isles were erected in Jersey in 1852 as a trial.
lBoxes began appearing across mainland Britain from 1853.
lMany of the UK’s first post boxes were painted green, to blend in with the landscape.
lRed was introduced in 1874 and it took 10 years to repaint all post boxes.
lThe bases of some post boxes were also changed in the Second World War to help them stand out in the blackout, changing from black to white