Michael’s post box staying gold

Michael McKillip wins gold at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Pic by Brian Lawless, Sportsfile
Michael McKillip wins gold at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Pic by Brian Lawless, Sportsfile

Royal Mail has confirmed that the post box in Glengormley painted gold to mark Michael McKillop’s amazing double gold success at the London 2012 Paralympic Games will be staying gold permanently.

One year on from the Glengormley man’s heroics in the T37 800m and 1,500m in the Olympic Stadium, Royal Mail revealed that the post box on the Antrim Road at Swanston has been given a new coat of paint and has a plaque which details his fantastic record-breaking achievement.

McKillop, who has cerebral palsy, won two gold medals last week at the IPC World Championships in Lyon. He also cruised to victory in the T36/37 800m race at the Paralympic Anniversary Games in London.

A total of 111 post boxes were painted gold across the UK in tribute to the success of Olympic and Paralympic athletes from Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

It is believed to be the first time in its history that Royal Mail has permanently changed the colour of some of its iconic boxes to celebrate an historic 
achievement.