Burnley post offices helping to paint UK gold

PAINTING TOWN GOLD: Royal Mail has announced it will produce a stamp for each individual or team Paralympics GB gold medal win

PAINTING TOWN GOLD: Royal Mail has announced it will produce a stamp for each individual or team Paralympics GB gold medal win

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TEN Burnley and Padiham post offices are getting into the spirit of the Paralympic Games, by stocking individual or team gold medal winner stamps.

Following the great success of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Royal Mail has announced it will produce a stamp for each individual or team Paralympics GB gold medal win.

The stamps, which will be presented for purchase as a sheet of two first class stamps for £1.20, will be available at the following Burnley and Padiham post offices by Thursday September 6th:

• Hebrew Road Post Office, on Hebrew Road

• Pike Hill Post Office, on Brownside Road

• Burnley Post Office, on Hargreaves Street

• Rose Hill Post Office, on Manchester Road

• Coal Clough Lane Post Office, on Coal Clough Lane

• Rosegrove Post Office, on Lowerhouse Lane

• Padiham Road Post Office, on Padiham Road

• Read Post Office, on Whalley Road

• Padiham Post Office, on Burnley Road

• Fence Post Office, on Wheatley Lane Road

This will be the first time that any host country has issued gold medal stamps for their Paralympic winners, since the movement was founded in 1948.

The main image of the stamp will, wherever possible, be a photograph of the Paralympics GB athlete or team, from their gold medal winning journey, or following their win.

Stamps can be bought individually or on sheets, which will carry additional information on the winning athlete or athletes.

Royal Mail is also turning one of its historic post boxes gold in the hometown of every Paralympics GB gold medallist.

Andrew Hammond, Royal Mail Stamps’ managing director, said: “Following the great success of Team GB at the Olympics, the popularity of Royal Mail’s gold medal stamps and the way in which our gold post boxes have captured the public imagination, we have decided to commemorate Paralympics GB’s achievements in the same way. We believe this is the right thing to do.”

And Tim Hollingsworth, chief executive officer for the British Paralympic Association, said: “We are delighted that the offer has been increased to enable individual stamps to celebrate our athletes’ achievements and thank Royal Mail for reconsidering this proposal.”