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Vandals give ignored Lothersdale postbox a lick of paint
8:00am Friday 19th October 2012 in News
A postbox in the home village of gold Paralympian Danielle Brown has been daubed with yellow paint.
The vandalism comes after many residents in Lothersdale expressed disappointment that the gold-medal archer chose to have a postbox in Skipton, rather than in the village, painted gold in honour of her achievements at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
And shortly after Danielle won the individual compound bow event, the postbox at Stansfield Brow, Lothersdale, was covered with yellow paint.
“Locals were terribly disappointed by Danielle’s decision to snub the village where she went to primary school,” said a Lothersdale resident who asked not to be named. “Minutes after Danielle won gold, an overjoyed elderly resident was seen cleaning a postbox opposite her house, full of hope it would be painted gold in celebration.”
However, those hopes were dashed when the Paralympian chose to have a more visible postbox on Swadford Street, Skipton, painted gold.
Talking about the vandalism, parish council chairman Coun Stephen Cohen said: “Mustard-coloured paint was put on it.”
He added that the vandalism was discussed at a recent meeting. “We thought it was unfortunate that people thought to disfigure a postbox. We’ve got no idea who did it and we’ve been told that Royal Mail will come out to repaint in due course.”
Coun Cohen confirmed that parish councillors and the clerk had received queries from villagers who were disappointed that Lothersdale was not chosen to have a postbox painted gold.
“We’ve expressed our congratulations to Danielle and her achievements have been outlined in the latest issue of our parish magazine,” he added.
Danielle, who now lives in Telford, said: “The Paralympic Games was an amazing experience for me. I was proud to represent Yorkshire as a British Paralympian, although I now live in Shropshire.
“During an incredibly hectic period of media commitments I was asked if I wanted the postbox painted in my honour to be in Shropshire or Yorkshire.
“I definitely wanted it to be in Yorkshire, but chose Skipton as I felt that this would give more people the chance to see the postbox and hopefully be inspired by the Paralympics.
“I've had some lovely messages from people that have seen the postbox in Skipton, so hopefully my decision means that many more people from the wider area will get to share in my achievement through its placement in a more populated area.
“It’s a shame the postbox in Lothersdale has been vandalised, it would have been great to have a gold postbox there but hopefully people understand that more people, particularly children, will get to enjoy it down the road in Skipton.”