Going for gold in Westhill

An iconic red post box in Tim Baillie’s home town of Westhill has been painted gold to celebrate his Olympic gold medal win.

Friday, 3rd August 2012, 2:08 pm

To mark Tim’s gold medal winning performance with team mate Etienne Stott in the Men’s Canoe Double, Royal Mail has painted the red post box in Westhill Drive, gold.

The Royal Mail also produced special gold medal stamps yesterday, which went on sale in more than 500 Post Offices, including the Westhill branch.

The stamps feature an action image of Tim and his team mate Etienne Stott during the Men’s Canoe Double final. A further 4,700 branches will be selling the gold medal stamps within a week of a win.

Royal Mail will be painting one of its iconic and much-loved red post boxes gold to celebrate every Team GB and ParalympicsGB gold medal win during the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Royal Mail’s post boxes are a much-loved part of the UK landscape. The UK was among the first countries to erect post boxes. Anthony Trollope, the famous nineteenth century author and former Chief Secretary to the Postmaster General, is credited with introducing pillar boxes to the UK, having seen them in France and Belgium.

Many of the first UK post boxes were painted green to blend in with the landscape. However, to make them more visible to the public, bright red was introduced in 1874. Red has remained the standard colour for UK boxes from then on, with few exceptions.

The gold boxes will remain in use and customers will be able to post mail in these boxes as normal. Mail collections from the boxes will also be unaffected. The boxes will be repainted in Royal Mail’s traditional red in due course.