Post Office celebrates Peter Kennaugh's Olympic win with a gold post box

In celebration of Peter Kennaugh's gold medal win at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the post box at Onchan Post Office has been transformed into gold to recognise his outstanding achievement.

Manx-born Peter Kennaugh, along with team mates Edward Clancy, Geraint Thomas and Steven Burke, won the gold medal in the Men's Team Pursuit on Friday evening, winning with a new world record time of three minutes, 51.659 seconds. The Great Britain Team were tipped as the favourites and confirmed this position in qualifying the day before when the team beat the world record for the first time.

Peter is only the second Manxman to have ever won a gold medal at an Olympic Games and Isle of Man Post Office wanted to mark this magnificent success by painting the post box located outside Onchan Post Office jubilant gold.

Mike Kelly, Chief Executive, Isle of Man Post Office said:

"We congratulate Peter and his team mates. He certainly did the Isle of Man proud. Royal Mail are painting a post box gold in the hometown of every gold medal winner and we didn't want Peter to be left out and therefore chose Onchan post box – the village where his family live in which to do this. I'm sure many fellow islanders would agree when I say we are very proud of both Peter and fellow cycling star Mark Cavendish's MBE efforts in the London 2012 Olympic Games – they've done a fantastic job."

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