CHEERS filled the air this morning (Monday) in Doddington as villagers, including children from the Lionel Walden School turned out to watch the post box painted gold to mark local hero Jonnie Peacock’s Paralympic success.
Proud mum Linda Roberts took control of the paintbrush to help give a golden sheen to the post box located outside the village post office.
Linda, who could hardly contain her excitement and pride, was joined by daughter Beth Crook, partner Steve Green, granddaughter Hope Crook and Beth’s partner Andy Costall, to watch workers Richard Sugden and Andy Winterman from Romec turn the post box from red to gold.
There was buzz of expectation as the transformation was undertaken with the crowd of well-wishers standing by and recording the moment on cameras and phones.
As she wielded the paintbrush Linda said: “I can’t believe this. It is so special. I just can’t wait to get Jonnie home and to cook him a roast dinner with his favourite apple crumble and cream.”
She is not sure exactly when golden boy Jonnie will return home to Doddington because of on-going commitments with the Paralympics, but it can’t come soon enough for the tight-knit family.
One well-wisher speaking of the golden postbox said: “It is marvellous, a lovely gesture and it means the whole community can feel part of it.”
Andy Winterton, from Romec, which is the firm responsible for maintaining post boxes, said the Doddington box will remain gold for at least four years, as repainting is done on a four-year-cycle but he believed it could even remain gold forever.
Lookout for further pictures and videos coming shortly.
For full story on Jonnie’s fantastic success and more pictures see Wednesday’s Citizen.