New plaque and lick of paint for Lincoln’s gold postbox

Lincoln’s Olympic golden postbox received a fresh lick of gold paint and a commemorative plaque for the city’s Paralympian legacy.

The postbox in Exchequergate was painted gold after local equestrian Paralympian Sophie Wells secured a gold and two silver medals in dressage last year.

The gold postbox was meant to last just six weeks, however Royal Mail then decided to make it a permanent fixture to Lincoln’s landscape.

This week, the postbox was repainted and a new plaque was added.

Paralympian Sophie Wells said: “One year on and yet the London Games still only feels like yesterday.

“I am still enormously proud of what we all achieved in Greenwich and love the idea that the postboxes will leave a lasting memory for generations to come, it’s a fantastic tribute.”

Local Paralympian Sophie Wells with her gold postbox in uphill Lincoln.

Local Paralympian Sophie Wells with her gold postbox in uphill Lincoln.

All 111 goldpostboxes in the UK are getting the refresh and plaque, which names the athlete, and marks their achievement.

The post boxes will remain gold for the rest of their lives as part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy.

This will be the first time Royal Mail have permanently changed the colours of their red postboxes.

The Lincoln gold postbox, after it was painted in summer 2012.

The Lincoln gold postbox, after it was painted in summer 2012.