Village postbox in recognition of Paralympian gold medallist Jonnie Peacock has pride restored

A postbox in Doddington, painted gold in recognition of Paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock, has been repaired after...

A postbox in Doddington, painted gold in recognition of Paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock, has been repaired after it was damaged earlier this summer. Picture: PAUL SANWELL/TESSA DAVIES - Credit: Archant

It was painted gold eight years ago, and this week, a village postbox has had its pride restored.

A postbox in Doddington, painted gold in recognition of Paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock, has been repaired after...

A postbox in Doddington, painted gold in recognition of Paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock, has been repaired after it was damaged earlier this summer. Picture: TESSA DAVIES - Credit: Archant

The postbox on New Street, Doddington, which was painted gold in recognition of Paralympian gold medallist Jonnie Peacock after the London 2012 Games, was in need of repair after its door broke in August.

But, after over two months, it was finally fixed by a Royal Mail worker on Wednesday, October 14, to the delight of residents.

Tessa Davies, hair salon owner in Doddington, posted a picture on social media of the repaired post box which had hinges replaced on the door.

“It has not been fixed for a good two months as the hinge on the door and the lock was broke; it wasn’t vandalism,” Tessa said.

A postbox in Doddington, painted gold in recognition of Paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock, has been repaired after...

A postbox in Doddington, painted gold in recognition of Paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock, has been repaired after it was damaged earlier this summer. Picture: PAUL SANWELL - Credit: Archant

“Then on the Wednesday morning, the Royal Mail workmen were there to fix it.”


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In November 2012, Royal Mail said they would repaint 110 postboxes to recognise the gold medals of Great Britain’s Olympians and Paralympians, as well as a plaque to detail the athlete’s achievements.

At the time, Royal Mail said a postbox would be painted in the village where Peacock’s mother and stepfather live after he won gold in the T44 100m event.

Jonnie Peacock's mum, Linda Roberts, painting the postbox gold in 2012. Picture: ARCHANT

Jonnie Peacock's mum, Linda Roberts, painting the postbox gold in 2012. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

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