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Clancy golden postbox - Barnsley snubbed

By Katia Harston, Chief Reporter Saturday 11th August 2012
Barnsley born: Ed Clancy.

Barnsley has lost out to Huddersfield as the location for a golden postbox to mark Ed Clancy winning gold at the London Olympic Games.


Royal Mail has said for every Team GB gold medal won at this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, it will paint one of its red postboxes gold in the ‘home town’ of the winning athlete.


Endurance cyclist Ed Clancy, 27, won gold in the cycling men’s team pursuit. He was born in Barnsley, near Penistone, and went to Springvale Primary School before moving to Huddersfield.


But Royal Mail has chosen to paint a Huddersfield postbox golden, on Railway Street, to mark his medal haul.


When asked why Barnsley was snubbed as a location, a spokesman for Royal Mail said postboxes were chosen ‘based on a range of potential sites’.


He added: “This could be where they were born, where they grew up or where they presently live and we look at all these factors before reaching a considered choice.”

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Posted by Michelle I Sat 11th Aug 2012 at 11:16am

But he was born in Barnsley first what they should have done in this situation is asked Clancy wer he wanted it :) well done on gold Clancy so proud x

Posted by Ian I Sat 11th Aug 2012 at 3:20pm

Born in Barnsley ,lived in Huddersfield obviously after school now lives in St Helen's ??? Surely the post box goes to Barnsley they do call him Ed the red after all ...

Posted by hally1297 I Mon 13th Aug 2012 at 2:23pm

Why get upset about it. All that matters is that he won Gold. Maybe the athlete himself could request a gold post box in Penistone.