Cllr Alastair Majury on Sir Andy’s Gold Post Box Incident
BBC Reporting Scotland’s TV coverage of the incident and reinstatement.
My thanks to Bennett’s the Butcher, and Dunblane Telegram for their pictures and pretty much live coverage of the incident.
(Pictures in this report from the public pages of Bennett’s the Butcher and Dunblane Telegram)
At around 8pm on Monday 22nd July, Sir Andy Murray’s Gold Post Box was knocked over in Dunblane, after a driverless silver Mercedes estate car rolled backwards down the hill and into the post box. The Royal Mail were on the scene within an hour of this happening.
In 2012, the Royal Mail painted over 100 the iconic red post boxes gold, to celebrate every gold medal that Team GB won at the Olympics and Paralympics. Royal Mail stated that the post boxes will remain permanently gold in order to mark the achievements of the athletes.
The event caused a stir local with some locals able to see the funny side and commenting: “Police appealing for witnesses, Happened around tennish”, and “Don’t need Hawkeye for that one! The box is definitely out!”.
With the incident occurring on Monday evening, the Royal Mail were quick to rectify the situation, with the post box being reinstated by Tuesday evening.
Some updates from the Dunblane Telegram:
As far as we know we have been informed by our customers it was a handbrake slipped and the car rolled into the post box.
I was informed as well that there were kids on the benches next to the postbox when this happened but thankfully they were not harmed or injured by today’s event. A bicycle was damaged also 😔😔.
Royalmail sent a technician out to see the damage and he informed me that our famous postbox should be up again tomorrow or the day after ✅.
If anyone had mail in the postbox it will be sent onto the depot/mail sorting certain as normal the technician told me ✅.
Just heard an update — a specialist team that deals with knocked over post boxes is on its way from Newcastle to ‘replant’ Sir Andy’s gold post box.
Local Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Councillor Alastair Majury said:
“I am pleased to learn that no one was hurt in the incident. The gold post continues to be a popular local tourist attraction after it was painted gold in 2012 to celebrate Andy’s historic gold medal win. I am also pleased at how quickly the Royal Mail has rectified the situation and that the post box is now upright again and to a gold first class standard.”
Pictures from Bennett’s the Butcher and Dunblane Telegram.
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Alastair Majury resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is a Senior Regulatory Business Analyst working across the country. Alastair Majury also serves on the local council (Stirling Council) as Councillor Alastair Majury where he represents the ward of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, topping the poll.