Golden post box makeover in honour of Hampshire cyclist Dani King

Golden post box makeover in honour of Dani

The gold paint goes on Dani King's post box in Hamble

Golden post box makeover in honour of Dani

First published in Sport Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

A HAMPSHIRE post box has been painted gold this morning in honour of Olympic cycling heroine Dani King.

Over 50 people turned out at the post box in High Street, Hamble , to see it getting a golden makeover at 10.30am, to mark the achievement of the former Hamble Primary School pupil’s Olympic success.

The 21-year-old and her team-mates, Joanne Rowsell and Laura Trott, demolished their American rivals to win gold in the women’s cycling team pursuit on Saturday, smashing the world record for the sixth consecutive time.

The first letter to be posted into the golden post box was to Dani from her fans in Hamble.

Lynn King, Dani's mum, said: "It's overwhelming to see so many people here this morning. Its great that Hamble has had a chance to get involved in the celebrations."

Within 24 hours of being crowned Olympic champion, stamps bearing the face of the Southampton -born Olympian were on sale in Hedge End , after the Royal Mail worked through the night to print them.

The young cyclist only got into the saddle after skipping a maths lesson to try out for a British Cycling talent event being held at her school, Hamble Community Sports College.

Jonathan Prest, principal of Barton Peveril College where Dani studied A-levels before going into cycling full-time, said: “What an amazing performance from Dani and her fellow team pursuit cyclists over the past few days.

“It’s fantastic to think that a former Barton Peveril student has broken so many world records and won Olympic gold on home soil.” Mayor of Eastleigh Councillor Rupert Kyrle added: “Eastleigh has some really talented sportsmen and women and Dani has proved this with not only a gold medal but with yet another world record.”

Dani’s was only been invited to trial for the team pursuit by coach Paul Manning in November 2010 – four months later she was world champion.

Southampton-based builders’ merchant Elliott Brothers have been sponsoring her since she was 16, when she told them she aimed to be world and Olympic champion. Managing director Stuart Elliott said: “We always knew she had that something special to achieve her dreams. We are all so proud of her.”

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11:29am Mon 6 Aug 12

legod7 says...

Come on DE. Where is the photo of the golden post box. Very slapdash
Come on DE. Where is the photo of the golden post box. Very slapdash legod7
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11:39am Mon 6 Aug 12

Dan Kerins says...

legod7 wrote:
Come on DE. Where is the photo of the golden post box. Very slapdash
It's been on the story since 10.40am, as part of the gallery at the top.
[quote][p][bold]legod7[/bold] wrote: Come on DE. Where is the photo of the golden post box. Very slapdash[/p][/quote]It's been on the story since 10.40am, as part of the gallery at the top. Dan Kerins
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12:24pm Mon 6 Aug 12

lowe esteem says...

Well done Dani, looking forward to seeing the Saints pinstripes appearing on a postbox near you at the end of another successful season.
The we can get back to proper stripes, won't those boxes look special then?
Well done Dani, looking forward to seeing the Saints pinstripes appearing on a postbox near you at the end of another successful season. The we can get back to proper stripes, won't those boxes look special then? lowe esteem
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2:03pm Mon 6 Aug 12

hays1179 says...

is that what all the traffic was leading to hamble this morning ?
is that what all the traffic was leading to hamble this morning ? hays1179
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2:24pm Mon 6 Aug 12

Sovietobserver says...

hays1179 wrote:
is that what all the traffic was leading to hamble this morning ?
No, hays1179. It was caused by temporary traffic lights at the gas mains works.
[quote][p][bold]hays1179[/bold] wrote: is that what all the traffic was leading to hamble this morning ?[/p][/quote]No, hays1179. It was caused by temporary traffic lights at the gas mains works. Sovietobserver
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2:55pm Mon 6 Aug 12

hands249 says...

Love the 'over 59 people' - is that 60 then ?. Can understand over 100 or the like as an expression, but 'over 59' ?

Seriously though - well done Dani, great news for local sport
Love the 'over 59 people' - is that 60 then ?. Can understand over 100 or the like as an expression, but 'over 59' ? Seriously though - well done Dani, great news for local sport hands249
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5:09pm Mon 6 Aug 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

Wow, a postbox painted gold, just wait for the usual "what a waste of tax payers money blah blah blah, dribble dribble dribble".
Wow, a postbox painted gold, just wait for the usual "what a waste of tax payers money blah blah blah, dribble dribble dribble". Ginger_cyclist
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5:10pm Mon 6 Aug 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Wow, a postbox painted gold, just wait for the usual "what a waste of tax payers money blah blah blah, dribble dribble dribble".
Also a well done Dani, good to see some gold coming to Hampshire and just down the road from Southampton.
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: Wow, a postbox painted gold, just wait for the usual "what a waste of tax payers money blah blah blah, dribble dribble dribble".[/p][/quote]Also a well done Dani, good to see some gold coming to Hampshire and just down the road from Southampton. Ginger_cyclist
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7:59pm Mon 6 Aug 12

Dragonqueen says...

So Dani is from Southampton after all so why not as many comments when Dani won gold where we're you all then why wait until a post box got painted, think you should be ashamed of yourselves for not congraulating Dani earlier. Well done to all Hampshire winners we have been proud of what you have achieved. And I don't like sport so this is a real compliment.
So Dani is from Southampton after all so why not as many comments when Dani won gold where we're you all then why wait until a post box got painted, think you should be ashamed of yourselves for not congraulating Dani earlier. Well done to all Hampshire winners we have been proud of what you have achieved. And I don't like sport so this is a real compliment. Dragonqueen
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9:17pm Mon 6 Aug 12

Poppy22 says...

Great to see that we have a local Olympian and a medal winner at that.
Think the gold post boxes are a great idea, also the stamps.
Great to see that we have a local Olympian and a medal winner at that. Think the gold post boxes are a great idea, also the stamps. Poppy22
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10:54pm Mon 6 Aug 12

IronLady2010 says...

How long does the paint take to dry before people can post mail?
How long does the paint take to dry before people can post mail? IronLady2010
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11:24pm Mon 6 Aug 12

Dragonqueen says...

What is it all about post boxes, get a life e have a real live olympic champion who is local why ot celebrate the not the postbox
What is it all about post boxes, get a life e have a real live olympic champion who is local why ot celebrate the not the postbox Dragonqueen
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1:29pm Wed 8 Aug 12

lowe esteem says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
How long does the paint take to dry before people can post mail?
Think you'll find they're no longer used for mail.
What do you think the people in the picture are doing, retrieving it?
But, if you've time on your hands, why not go along and find out, the one in Sheffield to mark Jessica Ennis's achievement has been graffitteed already. You could pop up there whilst they repaint it.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: How long does the paint take to dry before people can post mail?[/p][/quote]Think you'll find they're no longer used for mail. What do you think the people in the picture are doing, retrieving it? But, if you've time on your hands, why not go along and find out, the one in Sheffield to mark Jessica Ennis's achievement has been graffitteed already. You could pop up there whilst they repaint it. lowe esteem
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