Royal Mail Goes Gold this Summer

\"\"Some of Royal Mail\’s much-loved red post boxes will turn gold this summer to celebrate every Team GB and ParalympicsGB gold medal winThe UK is believed to be the first country to paint post boxes gold to celebrate Olympic and Paralympic gold medal wins.The gold post boxes will be located in the home towns of the gold medallists wherever possible.  The transformation will happen within days of a gold medal win .This will be the first occasion in modern times when Royal Mail has changed the colour of its post boxes. Red has been the standard colour for UK boxes from 1874, with few exceptions .Royal Mail today revealed that it will be painting some of its iconic and much-loved red \"\"post boxes gold to celebrate every Team GB and ParalympicsGB gold medal win during the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

This will be a unique, highly visible and fitting way to recognise the successes of Team GB and ParalympicsGB during this summer’s global sporting events.  The UK is believed to be the first country to paint its post boxes gold to celebrate Olympic and Paralympic gold medal wins.

A dedicated team will be on standby to transform the specially selected post boxes within days of a win.  The post boxes chosen will, wherever possible, be in the home-town of the winning athlete, or both home-towns for teams of two.  To celebrate a gold medal win by teams of more than two competitors, the post box chosen to be painted gold will be in a location relevant to all team members.Royal Mail’s post boxes are a much-loved part of the UK landscape. The UK was among the first countries to erect post boxes.  Anthony Trollope, the famous nineteenth century author and former Chief Secretary to the Postmaster General, is credited with introducing pillar boxes to the UK, having seen them in France and Belgium.Many of the first UK post boxes were painted green to blend in with the landscape. However, to make them more visible to the public, bright red was introduced in 1874.  Red has remained the standard colour for UK boxes from then on, with few exceptions. The gold boxes will remain in use and customers will be able to post mail in these boxes as normal.  Mail collections from the boxes will also be unaffected.  The boxes will be repainted in Royal Mail\’s traditional red in due course.Royal Mail demonstrated how the boxes will change from red to gold by painting a box in near to Westminster Abbey, London.

More Facts:A map of all the locations of the gold post boxes, as they are painted gold, will be available at www.royalmailgroup.com

Royal Mail’s post boxes are a much-loved part of the UK landscape. Royal Mail puts a great deal of effort into maintaining and painting its 115,000 post boxes nationwide.

Anthony Trollope, the famous nineteenth century author and former Chief Secretary to the Postmaster General, is credited with introducing pillar boxes to the UK, having seen them in France and Belgium.

The first pillar boxes in the British Isles were erected in Jersey in 1852 as a trial.  This was in response to public demand for improved posting facilities, due to an increase in mail following postal reform in 1840.  The trial was considered a success and boxes began appearing across mainland Britain from 1853.

Many of the UK’s first post boxes were painted green, to blend in with the landscape. However, to make them more visible to the public, bright red was chosen instead.  The new colour was introduced in 1874 and it took 10 years to repaint all post boxes.  Red has remained the standard colour for UK boxes from then on with only a few exceptions, one being blue post boxes for overseas mail, which were used in the 1930s.

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