Stamp of approval for Plymouth's Olympic stars as painted postboxes arrive
THE city's Olympic medallists have said they feel "honoured and proud" to finally have their very own postboxes acknowledging their sporting achievements.
Gold and bronze postboxes were yesterday unveiled at Home Park as a "lasting tribute" to Olympians Tom Daley and Ruta Meilutyte.
Diving sensation Tom Daley said: "It's absolutely amazing to think that Argyle and the city have honoured us with our own postboxes - it's awesome."
The boxes will initially be used to allow residents to post messages of congratulations to Tom and Ruta.
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Tom told The Herald he "couldn't imagine" the sorts of things that would be posted but that he hoped to answer as many messages as possible.
Gold medalist Ruta said: "The postboxes are really great and I'm very proud and honoured. Hopefully they will inspire children to make their dreams come true.It's nice to receive mail from fans and I'm looking forward to reading the messages."
Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans told the two sporting stars he was "sorry" Royal Mail had not spotted the opportunity but that Plymouth Argyle's efforts were better as they were "from Plymouth with love".
He said: "This is about Plymouth looking after its own and what Tom and Ruta have done for this city is magnificent. These postboxes are from Plymouth with love.
"Royal Mail missed out. Who wouldn't want Tom and Ruta associated with their brand?
"The impact Tom and Ruta will have on the city's health and wellbeing for years to come is not to be underestimated. This is a lasting tribute to them."
Pilgrims president and Communication Workers Union rep Chris Webb launched a campaign to get postboxes honouring the Olympians in the city after Royal Mail refused saying they would only give a golden layer to boxes in the home towns of winning Team GB stars.
He said: "It's fantastic to finally see them up and nice for the city to be able to pay tribute to Tom, a fantastic figure for the city, and Ruta, an honorary Plymothian.
"Royal Mail didn't want to set a precedent but luckily James Brent stepped in and made it happen."
Mr Brent said the Green Taverners and Mr Webb deserved "great credit" for what they'd done.