David Cameron backing Henley's golden pillar box bid
Prime Minister David Cameron has leant his support to calls for a golden post box in the Oxfordshire town of Henley-on-Thames.
The town is home to the prestigious Leander Club, which has trained more than 100 Olympic medal-winning rowers.
Its mayor, Elizabeth Hodgkin, said: "We have the ideal post box right in the middle of town which would look wonderful gold."
Mr Cameron agreed, saying he thought that it sounded like a good idea.
He added: "Royal Mail have had an excellent Olympic Games. They've produced these stamps, they are painting the pill boxes.
"I don't know who is doing the thinking for them but I think they've been really on the ball so why not Henley? Very good idea."
The town is holding a victory bus parade for more than 24 Olympians on 25 August, along with a civic reception.
Ms Hodgkin said she hoped the golden post box could be painted by then.
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Alex Gregory, who won a gold medal at London 2012 in the men's coxless four, said the town probably would get its golden post box.
He added: "I'm sure there must be someone who has won a gold medal, there seems to be so many around at the moment from Team GB."
Andy Triggs Hodge, who helped his teammate take Great Britain to a fourth successive Olympic title in the event, said Henley should be recognised.
"Henley has delivered a fantastic history and legacy and it deserves its pillar box," said Mr Triggs Hodge.
"You know what Henley has done for rowing, they've gone over their hundred-mark now with gold medals from [the Leander Club] and Henley deserves its gold post box without a shadow of a doubt."
But the Royal Mail said it was only painting the golden post boxes in "winners' home towns, or towns with which they are closely associated".
A spokesman added: "This could be where they were born, where they grew up or where they presently live and we look at all these factors before reaching a considered choice."
In the nearby village of Checkendon, the parish council decided to paint its phone box gold.
The telephone box was bought by the village a few months ago and councillor Tim Corbishley, who is in charge of the renovations, thought he would paint it gold as a temporary measure.
He said he did it as a celebration of the Team GB's success and added: "Checkendon is a very quiet village so it needed just a bit of excitement."