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THE Royal Mail is to paint red post boxes gold to celebrate every ParalympicGB gold medal win.

Royal Mail has been working in collaboration with the British Paralympic Association on the programme to celebrate every ParalympicsGB gold medal win.

The programme is the same as the one undertaken by Royal Mail to celebrate Team GB Olympic gold medal wins.

The gold post boxes will be located in the home towns of gold medallists and with hopes running high for athlete Hazel Robson, 33, of New Herrington, and Sunderland sailor John Robertson, 40, the city could be home to two.

The UK is believed to be the first country to paint post boxes gold to celebrate gold medal wins.

The London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games are the first occasions in modern times when Royal Mail has changed the colour of its post boxes.

They have been red since 1874, with few exceptions.

Launching the initiative, Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson, 11-time Paralympic gold medallist, said: “The gold post boxes have really captured the public’s imagination.

“It’s great that paralympians can enjoy the same honour in their home towns.”