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Vandals spray post box gold after Olympics skeleton medallist Lizzy Yarnold won gold at Sochi

20 February 2014
by KentOnline reporter

A postbox has been painted gold following Kent's Lizzy Yarnold's win at the Winter Olympics.

Vandals struck overnight in Hever Road in West Kingsdown, near Sevenoaks - the skeleton champion's home town.

It comes after Royal Mail said it had no plans to decorate postboxes for Sochi winners - like it did for gold medallists at London 2012.

The post box was sprayed gold in West Kingsdown. Picture Matt Walters

The post box was sprayed gold in West Kingsdown. Picture: Matt Walters

It said it will instead look into other ways of honouring Yarnold, a former Maidstone Grammar School for Girls' pupil.

This could include creating a special postmark to recognise the achievements of top athletes.

Lizzy Yarnold celebrates her Olympic gold. Pictures Getty Images

Lizzy Yarnold celebrates her Olympic gold. Pictures: Getty Images

Athlete Lizzy Yarnold is backing the Twitter campaign #paintitgoldforlizzy

Athlete Lizzy Yarnold is backing the Twitter campaign #paintitgoldforlizzy

But a Twitter campaign #paintitgoldforlizzy is hoping to force the organisation into a U-turn.

The 25-year-old, from West Kingsdown, has shown her appreciation by adding the hashtag to her Twitter profile.

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