Gold postbox honour for Lincoln's Sophie Wells

Sophie Wells Sophie Wells, who was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, won a team gold and two individual silver medals at the Games.

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A postbox has been painted gold in celebration of a Lincolnshire horse rider's success at the Paralympic Games.

Sophie Wells, 22, from Lincoln, won a team gold and two individual silver medals at the Games.

The postbox, painted gold by Royal Mail, is on Exchequer Gate in the city's cultural quarter.

Ms Wells will also appear on a Royal Mail stamp, featuring GB's Paralympic equestrian team.

'Amazing job'
Gold postbox The gold postbox is in Lincoln's cultural quarter, between the cathedral and castle

David Hunter, performance manager of the team, described the medal haul as "fantastic".

He said Sophie Wells, Sophie Christiansen, Deborah Criddle, Natasha Baker and Lee Pearson - who won five golds, five silvers and a bronze between them - had exceeded his high expectations.

"They, their horses and the support team have done an amazing job," he said.

"The two girls [Wells and Baker] who'd never been to a Games before have shone, those who'd been to other Games have shone, the whole thing has been a great success."

The postbox is one of about 80 that have so far been painted gold by Royal Mail in honour of Britain's winning athletes at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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