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Postboxes for Ruta and Tom 'sent with love'

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 28, 2012

Ruta Meilutyte and Tom Daley try out the postboxes at Home Park, Plymouth which were put up by Plymouth Argyle PICTURE PENNY CROSS

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Plymouth's Olympic medalists have said they feel "honoured and proud" to finally have their very own postboxes acknowledging their sporting achievements.

Gold and bronze postboxes were yesterday unveiled at Plymouth Argyle's Home Park ground as a "lasting tribute" to Olympians Tom Daley and Ruta Meilutyte.

Bonze-medal winning diver Tom Daley said: "It's absolutely amazing to think that Argyle and the city have honoured us with our own postboxes – it's awesome."

The boxes will initially be used to allow residents to post messages of congratulations to Tom and Ruta.

Tom said he "couldn't imagine" the sorts of things that would be posted but that he hoped to answer as many messages as possible.

Gold medallist Ruta, a Lithuanian, said: "The postboxes are really great and I'm very proud and honoured. Hopefully they will inspire children to make their dreams come true."

Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans told the two sporting stars he was sorry Royal Mail had not put up the boxes but the Argyle gesture came "from Plymouth, with love". Gold post boxes have been created for Britons who won Olympic gold. Tom, with a bronze and Ruta, from Lithuania, did not qualify.

Mr Evans said: "What Tom and Ruta have done for this city is magnificent."

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