Paralympic rowing cox gets gold postbox

Gold postbox painted for Lily van den Broecke
Image caption The postbox was painted in the east of Lily van den Broecke's home city of Oxford

A postbox has been painted gold in Oxford to mark the success of Lily van den Broecke who won gold in the London 2012 Paralympic rowing events.

The 20-year-old was the coxswain for the mixed coxed four team that rowed to victory at Eton Dorney Lake on Sunday.

The postbox, in Divinity Road, in the east of the city, was painted by Royal Mail contractors on Monday morning.

Ms van den Broecke, a former Headington School pupil, coxed rowers David Smith, James Roe, Naomi Riches, Pam Relph.

A Royal Mail stamp is also being released on Tuesday to celebrate the team's success.

Ms van den Broecke said: "I really want to go back and see Oxford and see the postbox and see all my friends.

"I urge everyone to go out and see it. I'm so excited... I'm going to take all my friends."

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