A Carshalton post box was painted gold to mark the birthplace of Olympic cyclist, Joanna Rowsell.

The golden post box was painted in Carshalton even though Miss Rowsell grew up in and still lives in Cheam.

Miss Rowsell, 23, said: “I was born in St Helier so when you say place of birth – that’s Carshalton and what the Royal Mail has done is they have painted the post box where everybody was born.

“So for some people they’ve painted the wrong ones – somewhere completely different to where they were brought up.

“Luckily for me it’s not too far away. But I am from Cheam – my parents live on the Nonsuch estate. I’m a Cheam girl.”

The post box at the junction of Cambridge Road and Carshalton Road was given its final lick of paint by the Royal Mail this morning.

The golden post box honours Miss Rowsell's Olympic gold which she won alongside teammates Dani King and Laura Trott in the women's team pursuit in the Velodrome on Saturday night.

Carshalton and Wallington MP, Tom Brake, said: "Joanna’s Olympic performance should serve as an inspiration to young people and encourage them to pursue their sporting dreams."



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