Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Golden postboxes delivered for Paralympic heroes

Northern Ireland’s Paralympic heroes were responsible for delivering more golds yesterday.

Track star Michael McKillop — who bagged two golds at the London Games — had a postbox painted in his honour in Glengormley, Co Antrim.

And the paint brush was also out in Seaforde, Co Down, after swimming ace Bethany Firth’s gold medal-winning performance.

Previously, Jason Smyth — who also won two golds for sprinting — had a postbox painted gold in his home village of Eglinton, Co Londonderry.

Bethany, who won gold for Team Ireland in the London Paralympic Games, said: “It's great, it's really cool.”

Michael agreed: “Royal Mail has decided to honour us. I thank them very much.”

Royal Mail had initially said it would not be painting postboxes because the trio competed for Team Ireland and not Team GB, but reversed that decision after public pressure.

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