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Aberdeen cyclist Neil Fachie's win marked by special stamp

Post box being painted - pic by Steven Duff
Image caption This Aberdeen post box was painted gold to mark Fachie's success

Royal Mail has confirmed that it will issue a special stamp to mark Aberdeen cyclist Neil Fachie's success at the Paralympics.

He and his pilot Barney Storey won gold in the men's individual B 1km time trial.

The stamps will be sold at over 500 Post Offices from Monday.

In addition, a post box in Aberdeen has been re-painted gold. Another box will be painted gold in Barney Storey's home town, Disley in Cheshire.

Fachie, who is partially sighted and competed in athletics in Beijing in 2008, and pilot Storey clocked a world record of one minute 01.351 seconds.

That took them past Spain's Jose Enrique Porto and Jose Antonio Villanueva, who finished with silver.

After the win, Fachie said: "The crowd pushed us round that final bend. I just can't believe it. To be here winning the gold medal is a dream come true."

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