Second gold honour for showjumper Nick Skelton

One of the Royal Mail's gold postboxes.
One of the Royal Mail’s gold postboxes.

Olympic Team Gold showjumping medalist Nick Skelton has again been honoured for his win at London 2012, with a second postbox painted gold in his birthplace of Bedworth, Warwickshire.

Royal Mail honoured gold medalists with a stamp issue and a gold postbox in their home town. Skelton’s first is in Alcester, where he now lives.

But after a Facebook campaign, Royal Mail agreed to have a second mailbox painted for Skelton in Bedworth.

Kevin Wise, who started the campaign, told the BBC that Bedworth residents had been “ecstatic” over Skelton and Team GB’s showjumping gold. “On the day that Nick won the gold, spirits in Bedworth were absolutely high,” he said.

“Everybody was ecstatic that he’d won and also over the fact that Bedworth was going to receive a golden postbox. And later, when it appeared that Alcester would get the golden postbox, everybody was a bit downhearted.”

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