In celebration of Peter Kennaugh’s gold medal win at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the post box at Onchan Post Office will be transformed into gold over the weekend 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 Race on Friday, winning with a new world record of three minutes, 51.659 seconds. The Great Britain Team were tipped as the favourites and confirmed this position in qualifying on Thursday 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 wants 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 don’t want Peter to be left out and therefore have chosen 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.”