By MARK BOGGIS
Friday, August 17, 2012
A NEW campaign backing a bronze postbox in Olympic medallist Anthony Ogogo’s hometown has been launched.
The bronze postbox appeared just a few hundred yards away from Ogogo’s home last weekend - and it has created a stir not only in Lowestoft, but across the country.
The postbox, on Kirkley Cliff, opposite Regent Road, has been painted in bronze to honour his achievements in winning a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics - and says “Congratulations Ogogo! Olympic bronze medalist” (sic).
But as Royal Mail plead with the public nationally to stop painting the postboxes, a new campaign group has been formed on social networking site Facebook.
The “Save Anthony Ogogo’s bronze postbox” group was only created yesterday (on August 16) - and already it has attracted more than 1,100 supporters.
It follows a similar Facebook campaign backing a golden postbox in Lymington in Hampshire, where gold-medal sailor Ben Ainslie lives, which was painted gold without the company’s authorisation.
The group attracted more than 1,700 supporters after a man was arrested for allegedly spray-painting the postbox gold.
The “Save Anthony Ogogo’s bronze postbox” group status says: “The Royal Mail has said that the ‘rogue’ painting of the postbox in Rectory Road Lowestoft is vandalism and it will be repainted red! Say no!
“In keeping with the legacy of the spirit of the Olympics, even though the bronze postbox is unofficial, I think it should stay as a tribute to our local hero! I didn’t realise our medal haul was that massive that Royal Mail didn’t feel it could invest in some silver and bronze paint too! Come on, keep up with the spirit of the nation!”
Mystery still surrounds those responsible for honouring the town’s first-ever Olympic bronze medallist, with the postbox having been sprayed in bronze paint in recognition of Ogogo’s fantastic achievements at the London 2012 Games.