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Postboxes painted gold and bronze for Plymouth Olympic medallists

Ruta Meilutyte and Tom Daley beside their gold and bronze painted postboxes
Image caption Ruta Meilutyte and Tom Daley said they were looking forward to reading messages from fans

Two former Royal Mail postboxes have been painted in bronze and gold in Plymouth to mark the Olympic wins of two city-based medallists.

The boxes, bought by Plymouth Argyle owner James Brent, are at Home Park.

They mark the wins of the city-born bronze medal diver Tom Daley, and Lithuanian gold medal swimmer Ruta Meilutyte, who has lived and trained in the city for three years.

They cannot be used for post but people can leave the medallists messages.

'Look really cool'

Both Daley, 18 - who won the 10m individual diving platform bronze - and Meilutyte, 15, attend Plymouth College.

Meilutyte won gold for Lithuania in the women's 100m breaststroke.

Royal Mail has painted postboxes gold in the home towns of Team GB's gold medallists around the country.

But it said it could not for Daley because he only won a bronze medal, and also could not for Meilutyte because she was representing her home country.

Despite pleas by city councillors, Royal Mail said it had limited resources in its postbox painting programme, prompting Mr Brent to buy the boxes.

Daley said the move was "awesome and they look really cool as well".

Meilutyte said she was "looking forward to getting some mail".

She said: "It's always nice to get messages from fans, and it's really nice that I have had so much support in Plymouth even though I'm not British."

Daley added: "It's always nice to when people make an effort to write, and we'll try and read as many of them as possible."

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