A NEW campaign backing a bronze postbox in Olympic medallist Anthony Ogogo’s hometown has been launched.

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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.

5 comments

  • Dear Ken, I think it is a real shame that you think I have a negative attitude. I do not think I have any such attitude. I do not know Anthony Ogogo and I do not see how him winning a bronze medal will affect my so-called miserable life, as you put it! I think it is great that he has achieved this as that means that he will soon be leaving Lowestoft and living elsewhere - escaping this miserable dump of a town. I really hope that his career blossoms and blooms and he goes on to great heights. But I do find it a bit annoying that you have taken this opportunity to make a personal attack on my so-called miserable life! In relation to the criminal damage that has been caused to this post box I think is outrageous and no one condemning it gives a positive message to the wholly uneducated in this town that it is okay to damage anything at will. People like you supporting it, Anthony Ogogo not condemning it gives out the wrong message! I bet you are the sort of person who sees a child pulling a twig off the tree call the police whinging and whining that children should be seen and not heard! What have I done with my life is of no interest to you. But I have just finished my masters degree and will soon be moving to Dallas, Texas. That's in America in case you didn't know! So please, get off your high horse, oh sorry you live in Lowestoft. So get off your mobility scooter and stop interfering in other peoples lives.

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    Lowestoftresident

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • This is out and out vandalism! Shows the kind of mentality in this town!

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    Lowestoftresident

    Friday, August 17, 2012

  • Like Lowestoftresident, I recognise that Anthony Ogogo has achieved hugely in his chosen sport, especially in the light of his difficult family circumstances at present. The public celebration of Anthony's bronze medal in Lowestoft is completely appropriate. However, I also take the view that this kind of 'free enterprise' on a random post box cannot be condoned - it really does carry the message that the public domain is available for modification by anyone who chooses to do it. In fact I'm not really in favour of post boxes being 'officially' painted for gold medal winners - the stamp issue would have sufficed. So congratulations on your Master's Lowestoftresident, and best wishes for your new life in Dallas - although I think you might find many of its denizens as portly as those of Lowestoft!

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    point du jour

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • How is painting a postbox even remotely related to Olympic achievement? It's vandalism. Why not paint lamp posts, road signs, trees as well? They are just as irrelevant.

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    Tea&Biscuits

    Saturday, August 18, 2012

  • @Lowestoftresident, My initial comment about your remarks about the perceived vandalism was meant to be tongue in cheek, as painting a post box was rather high spirited, although over the top celebration of the Olympic medal. But obviously you had your sense of humour removed in order to accommodate the knowledge needed to acquire a higher degree. Saying that, congratulation on your Masters, I don't know how old you are to have attained such a qualification or in what subject, however I trust that you have made the necessary arrangements to pay back any student loan that you may have outstanding before departing these shores. As for qualifications, after a lifetime of travelling to various countries worldwide working as an aircraft engineer, I returned to the UK and went back to university and graduated with a degree myself, whilst in my sixties. I do know where the US of A and have spent many a happy time there both as a tourist and on training courses at several different aircraft manufactures training facilities, so I don't think I meet your criteria of being a typical Lowestoft resident and would never dream of using a mobility scooter,! as the fun of running down pedestrians with one has got boring and rather old hat

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    Ken Baker

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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