Gold post box sug­ges­tion re­jected by Royal Mail

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

A PLEA to hon­our Scot­land’s Com­mon­wealth Games heroes with gold post boxes in their home towns has been re­jected.

Dundee East MP Ste­wart Hosie had urged Royal Mail to recog­nise mem­bers of the record-break­ing Team Scot­land in the same way as the stars of 2012’s Lon­don Olympics.

How­ever, Royal Mail has said it will not be con­sid­er­ing the ges­ture, call­ing Lon­don 2012 a “unique oc­ca­sion”.

The Scot­tish sporting stars’ col­lec­tive haul of more than 40 medals at the Gold Coast is higher than at any other over­seas Com­mon­wealth Games.

Mr Hosie said: “I con­grat­u­late all of Team Scot­land for their ter­rific, record-break­ing ef­forts at this year’s Games and in par­tic­u­lar Mark Ste­wart from Dundee, who won gold in the cy­cling points race.

“By award­ing gold post boxes to the home towns of our gold-winning ath­letes we would not only recog­nise their su­perb vic­to­ries but we could in­spire and en­cour­age a new gen­er­a­tion of Scot­tish ath­letes.

“Ev­ery­thing points to a great f uture f or Scot­tish sport, es­pe­cially here in Dundee with the ex­cit­ing plans for the new re­gional per­for­mance cen­tre.”

A Royal Mail spokes­woman said there were no plans to re­peat the gold post box hon­our this time round.

She added: “Royal Mail ex­tends its con­grat­u­la­tions to all Team Scot­land par­tic­i­pants in the 2018 Games, but we will not be cre­at­ing gold post boxes for the Com­mon­wealth Games 2018.”

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