Penzance post box turned gold in honour of Olympian Helen Glover
Royal Mail have this morning made good their promise to paint a post box gold in the home towns of any gold-winning Olympians.
Penzance's golden girl Helen Glover secured Team GB's first gold in the London 2012 Olympics with partner Heather Stanning in the women's pair rowing.
This morning Royal Mail officials took to Penzance Harbour with pots of paint and brushes and gave the iconic red post box a lick of under-paint before painting it with gold.
The women will also go down in the record books as the first British women to have ever won gold for rowing.
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And within 24 hours of the historic event the Royal Mail marked the stunning achievement by releasing stamps to honour Helen Glover and Heather Stanning.
Moya Greene, Royal Mail chief executive, congratulated the pair on their win. She said: “We’re delighted to be issuing these very special Gold Medal stamps to recognise our Olympic champion UK athletes. This is a first for Royal Mail and we are proud to play our part in celebrating the many victories this summer.
“We will be printing millions of stamps to enable customers to celebrate these sporting successes and I’m sure they will be treasured as unique souvenirs of Team GB’s victories for years to come.”
Glover said in a post-race interview "if you work hard and try your best, anyone can do anything.”
West Cornwall MP Andrew George said "I know that everyone in west Cornwall will be mighty proud of our local girl.
The former Humphry Davy School pupil has previously said "I'm very fortunate in coming from Cornwall and especially Penzance where people have such a sense of community."