Folk in Hamble will be posting their letters in a golden post box which has been specially painted by Royal Mail in honour of the Villages Olympic gold medal winner Dani King.
The pillar box sited in Hamble Square was painted this morning by Royal Mail workmen.
Dani brought home Eastleigh Borough’s first Olympic Gold medal for 80 years as part of GB’s women’s team pursuit at the Olympic velodrome on Saturday.
Along with team members Joanne Rowsell and Laura Trott, Dani, aged 21, helped the team to smash their own world record that they set in the first round with a time of 3 minutes 14.051 seconds.
Royal Mail have also issued a limited edition set of postage stamps featuring Dani and team which went on sale in post offices locally yesterday
“It wasn’t a dream, what an amazing day – I’m going to be smiling for a long time. Words cannot describe how I’m feeling now –so many people deserve a piece of this medal.”
Dani grew up in Hamble and started cycling at Hamble Community College (now Hamble Sports College) before attending Barton Peveril College in Eastleigh.
Council Leader Keith House, commented:
“We were all cheering Dani and the team in the Velodrome on Saturday. To win the gold and to achieve a new world record is a tremendous success. We congratulate Dani and the team and all those still to take part in the London Olympics from Great Britain.”
Eastleigh’s last Olympic success came as far back as the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, when at the age of 38, Eastleigh resident Tommy Green won Hampshire’s only athletics gold in the 50km walk.
Coincidently the fathers of both of Eastleigh gold medal winners were local Policemen, Dani’s father recently retired from the force having worked at the Southern Support HQ based in the village.
You can buy Dani King stamps and First day cover online here
Gonna be smiling for a long time!!!!! 😀 pic.twitter.com/RPyCwlCl— Dani Rowe (@DaniKing1) August 4, 2012