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Paralympic sprinter Hannah Cockroft gets gold postbox

Gold postbox in Halifax
Image caption The postbox in Halifax was painted gold to mark Hannah Cockroft's Paralympic win

A postbox has been painted gold in Halifax in honour of Paralympic gold medal winner Hannah Cockroft.

The 20-year-old, who was born and brought up in the town, won Great Britain's first gold of the Paralympic track and field competition on Friday.

John Hardy, Lord Mayor of Calderdale, said the gold postbox, outside Halifax Town Hall, reflected the town's "amazing" response to Cockroft's win.

A civic reception would be held in the wheelchair athlete's honour, he said.

'Icing on cake'

Cockroft won her gold medal at London's Olympic Stadium in a new Paralympic record time of 18.05 seconds.

Mr Hardy said she was a "popular and respected" figure in Halifax.

The gold postbox and civic reception would hopefully be "the icing on the cake" for Cockroft, her family and Calderdale, said Mr Hardy.

Stamps featuring the Paralympian have also gone on sale at 500 post offices around the country.

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