VIDEO: Jonnie says YES to painting Doddington post box gold
THE mum of Paralympics 100 metres gold medallist Jonnie Peacock said she would love him to come home - so she can give him a hug and cook him a roast dinner.
Mum Linda Roberts was among villagers and schoolchildren who turned out to help paint the post box in Doddington gold as part of the Paralympics tributes to gold medallists.
Jonnie, 19, who grew up in Shepreth before going to school in St Ives, had kept people guessing as to which of the locations would get the coveted golden post box.
His family were delighted he chose Doddington and said it was “amazing” to see residents come out to and pay tribute to the youngster’s success in the T44 100m, where he set a record time of 10.90secs.
Linda said: “It’s amazing. What’s really lovely is that children right the way through to elderly members of the community have been proud to have this happen.”
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She said she hoped her son would return home soon, adding: “I just want to give him a huge hug and cook him a roast dinner.”
She also wants to photograph the teenager, who nearly died from meningitis aged five, post a letter into the post box painted gold to mark his Paralympics victory.
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A banner which read “Doddington’s Golden Boy - Congratulations Our Jonnie” was hung over the Post Office. Ironically, the partner of Peacock’s eldest sister, Beth Crook, runs Doddington Post Office as part of his father’s business.
Beth joined the rest of her family to roar her teenage brother to victory in the Olympic Stadium.
“It was just pure tears and joy,” she said. “I was so proud.”