Gold post box in Lymington now officially in Ainslee's honour

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Lymington now has an “official” gold post box in honour of Olympic hero Ben Ainslie.

Days after performing a U-turn, the Royal Mail painted one of Lymington’s post boxes gold to mark Ben’s achievement as the greatest ever Olympic sailor.

No one was more pleased than Lymington businessman Rob Smith, 54, who painted the box in the early hours of August 11.

He had been expecting the Royal Mail to do it following Ben’s latest gold medal-winning triumph.

But bosses decided to decorate one of the post boxes near Falmouth where the 35-year-old grew up and learned to sail.

The box became Lymington’s biggest tourist attraction, with hundreds of people queuing up to have their picture taken beside the unauthorised tribute.

The Royal Mail eventually decided to paint the box and withdrew their complaint against Mr Smith, who will face no further action.

The box is likely to stay gold for about six months.

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3:17pm Wed 22 Aug 12

s-pb2 says...

Why only 6 months? Why not have a permanent gold post box as recognition of Ben Ainslie's achievements. They would be as popular as the blue plaques on buildings.
Why only 6 months? Why not have a permanent gold post box as recognition of Ben Ainslie's achievements. They would be as popular as the blue plaques on buildings. s-pb2
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3:24pm Wed 22 Aug 12

pete woodley says...

A fine monument in a area where vandalism is condoned,and a so called responsible business man has his own way,and "**** a snoot" at the law.
A fine monument in a area where vandalism is condoned,and a so called responsible business man has his own way,and "**** a snoot" at the law. pete woodley
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4:17pm Wed 22 Aug 12

retry69 says...

LOVE YAH wooders
LOVE YAH wooders retry69
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4:33pm Wed 22 Aug 12

Daffodil2 says...

Well done to the Royal Mail for bowing to local opinion - eventually
Well done to the Royal Mail for bowing to local opinion - eventually Daffodil2
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8:20pm Wed 22 Aug 12

buickboy says...

pete woodley wrote:
A fine monument in a area where vandalism is condoned,and a so called responsible business man has his own way,and "**** a snoot" at the law.
You are without a doubt in my opinion a miserable old man, wind your neck in whinger Woodley
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: A fine monument in a area where vandalism is condoned,and a so called responsible business man has his own way,and "**** a snoot" at the law.[/p][/quote]You are without a doubt in my opinion a miserable old man, wind your neck in whinger Woodley buickboy
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8:35pm Wed 22 Aug 12

pete woodley says...

Why are people worrying about thugs moving into Boscombe,we already have them in Parkstone,Steve Morgan the terror of Parkstone,who likes to use all the best insults on a 77 year old man,he has never met,same old nasty words,never changes,dares anyone to disagree with him,or have a say.Buickboy suits his mentality.I now await him calling on me to assault me,as he is obviously unstable to keep repeating his comments and echo allows it.
Why are people worrying about thugs moving into Boscombe,we already have them in Parkstone,Steve Morgan the terror of Parkstone,who likes to use all the best insults on a 77 year old man,he has never met,same old nasty words,never changes,dares anyone to disagree with him,or have a say.Buickboy suits his mentality.I now await him calling on me to assault me,as he is obviously unstable to keep repeating his comments and echo allows it. pete woodley
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10:58pm Wed 22 Aug 12

Wageslave says...

Great news,commom sense at last. Royal Mail could save time and money by leaving it gold till the next Olympics in 4 years time.
Great news,commom sense at last. Royal Mail could save time and money by leaving it gold till the next Olympics in 4 years time. Wageslave
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7:12am Thu 23 Aug 12

Talkingheadera says...

pete woodley wrote:
Why are people worrying about thugs moving into Boscombe,we already have them in Parkstone,Steve Morgan the terror of Parkstone,who likes to use all the best insults on a 77 year old man,he has never met,same old nasty words,never changes,dares anyone to disagree with him,or have a say.Buickboy suits his mentality.I now await him calling on me to assault me,as he is obviously unstable to keep repeating his comments and echo allows it.
Have to agree with Buick boy.
You really are annoying mr woodley.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Why are people worrying about thugs moving into Boscombe,we already have them in Parkstone,Steve Morgan the terror of Parkstone,who likes to use all the best insults on a 77 year old man,he has never met,same old nasty words,never changes,dares anyone to disagree with him,or have a say.Buickboy suits his mentality.I now await him calling on me to assault me,as he is obviously unstable to keep repeating his comments and echo allows it.[/p][/quote]Have to agree with Buick boy. You really are annoying mr woodley. Talkingheadera
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9:09am Thu 23 Aug 12

scrumpyjack says...

pete woodley wrote:
Why are people worrying about thugs moving into Boscombe,we already have them in Parkstone,Steve Morgan the terror of Parkstone,who likes to use all the best insults on a 77 year old man,he has never met,same old nasty words,never changes,dares anyone to disagree with him,or have a say.Buickboy suits his mentality.I now await him calling on me to assault me,as he is obviously unstable to keep repeating his comments and echo allows it.
Why do you bite every time?

Just ignore people who point out your 'rather less than enthusiastic' manner.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Why are people worrying about thugs moving into Boscombe,we already have them in Parkstone,Steve Morgan the terror of Parkstone,who likes to use all the best insults on a 77 year old man,he has never met,same old nasty words,never changes,dares anyone to disagree with him,or have a say.Buickboy suits his mentality.I now await him calling on me to assault me,as he is obviously unstable to keep repeating his comments and echo allows it.[/p][/quote]Why do you bite every time? Just ignore people who point out your 'rather less than enthusiastic' manner. scrumpyjack
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9:10am Thu 23 Aug 12

scrumpyjack says...

'in Ainslee's honour'

Who is this? Do they know Ben?
'in Ainslee's honour' Who is this? Do they know Ben? scrumpyjack
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