Royal Mail revealed that it will be painting some red post boxes gold to celebrate every Team GB and Paralympics GB gold medal win during the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Every time a British athlete wins a gold medal in the Olympics or Paralympics this summer, a post box will be painted gold in their home town. In the case of victories by teams of more than two, one box will be painted in a location of relevance to all the competitors involved.

A Royal Mail team is on standby, ready to turn the traditional red post boxes to gold within days of a win. This is the first time in 140 years the well known red boxes will have changed colour. The gold boxes will remain in use and customers will be able to post mail in these boxes as normal. However, Royal Mail stressed that they would in time return to the normal red colour.

“By way of a demonstration, one near London’s central Westminster Abbey — where Prince William married Catherine Middleton in April last year — has already been painted gold,” writes

There will also be special stamps for each Team GB gold medallist featuring an action image of the winning athlete. The stamps, bearing an action image of the winning medallist, will go on sale at over 500 post office branches within 24 hours of the win.

Make sure to send letters using these special stamps. Your loved ones will be happy to collect them from their mailbox.

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