As the Olympic Medal Fever starts to cool down following the euphoria of the amazing Closing Ceremony, Yorkshire continues to shine bright as post boxes throughout the county are transforming from their traditional red to a sparkling gold to honour of the seven gold medal winners that hail from the region.
Welcome to Yorkshire has published a map celebrating Yorkshire’s Olympic Heroes; guiding tourists around the home-towns of our gold medallists and every Yorkshire athlete who took part in the Olympic Games.
We’ve loved celebrating Yorkshire’s five gold medals in week 1 with Jessica Ennis (athletics – heptathlon) from Sheffield, Alistair Brownlee (athletics – triathlon) from Horsforth, Ed Clancy (cycling – team pursuit) from Huddersfield, Katherine Copeland (rowing – lightweight double skull) from Stokesley and Andy Triggs Hodge (rowing – men’s four) from Hebden.
In the second week, the Yorkshire grit continued apace with Nicola Adams from Leeds achieving a world first as the first female to win Olympic boxing gold. Nicola, who began boxing at 12, said following her victory: ‘I’d like to thank all the supporters here and all the support back home. I’m bringing that gold medal back to Leeds!’
To celebrate Nicola’s victory Royal Mail painted their post boxes gold outside Leeds Art Gallery.
The seventh and last gold medal was claimed by Luke Campbell, the bantam weight boxer from Hull, who Tweeted loyally: “I’m so proud to be from Hull, and GB what amazing people we have in our town the support, been unreal.” Almost 40 members of his friends and family were watching live as he outpointed Irish opponent John Joe Nevin, in an exhilarating final on Saturday night, while his two-year-old son Leo watched from home. His gold post box is located on Hessle Road in Hull.
Luke will now spend quality time with his family before deciding his future. He said: “My goal all my life was to achieve an Olympic gold medal. Now I’ve done that, it’s about spending some quality time with my family and relaxing.”
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