Lily van den Broecke to get gold postbox after Paralympic win

Lily van den Broecke to get gold postbox after Paralympic win

Lily van den Broecke to get gold postbox after Paralympic win

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ROYAL Mail bosses confirmed last night that a postbox will be painted gold in Oxford to honour Paralympian gold medallist Lily van den Broecke.

Yesterday at the Paralympic Games, the GB mixed coxed four – featuring cox Ms van den Broecke, pictured, David Smith, James Roe, Naomi Riches and Pamela Relph – held off a challenge from rivals Germany to win Britain’s only Paralympic rowing medal at Eton Dorney.

As with gold medal-winning Olympians, each Paralympian who wins gold will have a postbox painted gold in their honour in their home town.

Ms van Den Broecke, 20, is a former pupil at Headington School and still lives in the suburb.

Royal Mail spokesman Rhiannon Hardy said: “We’ve had confirmation that Lily’s gold postbox will be on Divinity Road in East Oxford and they are due to be painting it today.”

The confirmation from Royal Mail that a postbox in the city will be painted gold will cheer residents disappointed that Oxford is not getting a postbox to honour Olympic medallist Andy Triggs Hodge, who won gold in the rowing men’s fours last month.

The 33-year-old lives in East Oxford but as he grew up in Yorkshire a postbox has instead been painted gold in Hebden, near Skipton.

Mr Triggs Hodge was unavailable for comment but city council leader Bob Price said: “I am delighted that a gold medal winner at the Paralympics, who is from Oxford, is being recognised in this way and I look forward to seeing the postbox painted gold.”

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1:36pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Andrew:Oxford says...

No comment from DRAMA (The Divinity Road Area Media Agency)?

Maybe they need a committee meeting to decide if they "fear" the traffic congestion and volumes of visitors who are "bagging" the gold pillar boxes, or if they are celebrating the success...
No comment from DRAMA (The Divinity Road Area Media Agency)? Maybe they need a committee meeting to decide if they "fear" the traffic congestion and volumes of visitors who are "bagging" the gold pillar boxes, or if they are celebrating the success... Andrew:Oxford
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9:39pm Mon 3 Sep 12

picto68 says...

Why Divinity Road rather then the City center or the main road through Headington?
Why Divinity Road rather then the City center or the main road through Headington? picto68
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9:11pm Wed 5 Sep 12

T Bones says...

It is on the corner of Div Rd and Hill Top Rd and in line of sight of her parents' house.
It is on the corner of Div Rd and Hill Top Rd and in line of sight of her parents' house. T Bones
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6:28pm Fri 7 Sep 12

picto68 says...

T Bones wrote:
It is on the corner of Div Rd and Hill Top Rd and in line of sight of her parents' house.
Fair do. I wish that had been reported.
[quote][p][bold]T Bones[/bold] wrote: It is on the corner of Div Rd and Hill Top Rd and in line of sight of her parents' house.[/p][/quote]Fair do. I wish that had been reported. picto68
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