Marlow's post box turning gold after Paralympics success

Bucks Free Press: Marlow's post box turning gold after Paralympics success Marlow's post box turning gold after Paralympics success

MARLOW'S High Steet post box will this morning be painted gold to celebrate paralympian Naomi Riches’ success.

A campaign for Royal Mail to turn it from red to gold to honour Sir Steve Redgrave failed but now townsfolk are getting their wish after all.

Painters are arriving at 10am to given the golden makeover, which has been awarded to the home towns of all British London 2012 gold medal winners.

Naomi, who trains at Marlow Rowing Club, triumphed in the Paralympics rowing: Mixed Coxed Four - LTAMix4+ final.

Although Olympic gold winning rower Katharine Grainger has Marlow links she selected her home town of Aberdeen for the Royal Mail memento.

A petition was launched online for Marlow to get a gold post box as a way of marking the town's contribution to rowing success over the years, primarily via Sir Steve, who has five gold medals.

Royal Mail said it would only be painting post boxes gold for 2012 winners but this weekend's paralympic success has made campaigners' day.

About 350 people signed up to the petition during the Olympics for Marlow to have its post box painted gold.

Dave Hampton, a leading figure in the campaign who used to row for Britian himself, said: “This hasn't come about even indirectly as a result of the campaign.

“The campaign can take absolutely zero credit on that, it's entirely down to Naomi Riches' victory and her hard work.”

Mr Hampton, an environmental campaigner and a presenter on Marlow FM, witnessed her victory at Dorney Lake.

“The atmosphere was fantastic, it was the last race of the day so ended on a high note,” he said.

“It's a shame Royal Mail didn't see the logic in our campaign but it's history now and Marlow has got one, so I'm a happy bunny.”

Mr Hampton thanked everyone who joined the campaign and said although he believes Marlow Bottom deserves a golden post box to honour Sir Steve's achievements he would not personally be campaigning any further.

Individual first class stamps featuring Naomi’s image are also being produced.

And Mr Hampton said he would definitely be buying the new stamps with Marlow's latest gold medal winner on – adding to the full set he has already purchased.

The stamps will be on sale in around 500 dedicated Post Offices across the UK from Tuesday.

The gold medal stamps will be presented for purchase as a sheet of two First Class stamps for £1.20. The sheet carries additional information on the winning athlete or athletes.

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12:22pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Majik says...

How annoying that these 'campaigners' have got their wish. Surely Naomi has got some connection with another town where she could elect to have her postbox.....?

Could they paint the Steve Redgrave statue post box red instead?
How annoying that these 'campaigners' have got their wish. Surely Naomi has got some connection with another town where she could elect to have her postbox.....? Could they paint the Steve Redgrave statue post box red instead? Majik
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12:51pm Mon 3 Sep 12

miccles says...

Well done Naomi, i think all the paralympians are just out of this world, so courageous, but what connections has she with Marlow??

She was born in London, and went to Bucks New Uni, so where does Marlow fit in?

At least the people who have got nothing better to do than to whine about having a post box painted gold can put their rattles down.

See how long it takes to be vandalised.
Well done Naomi, i think all the paralympians are just out of this world, so courageous, but what connections has she with Marlow?? She was born in London, and went to Bucks New Uni, so where does Marlow fit in? At least the people who have got nothing better to do than to whine about having a post box painted gold can put their rattles down. See how long it takes to be vandalised. miccles
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3:07pm Mon 3 Sep 12

David Hampton says...

Thanks Bucks Free Press.
Info from campaign website follows:
There has never been any doubt ... that Katherine Grainger fully deserved (and was fully entitled to, by dint of Royal Mail's own rules and standards) - a second post box - if she had wanted one.
The one Gold medal won by the Team GB mens four was rewarded substantially more generously than the three Gold medals won by our Team GB women.
But of course it's up to our six golden Olympian (women) whether or not they want a second postbox anywhere; I just wish Royal Mail had graciously offered our women the same as they gave the men.

Equally there's never been any doubt ... that a Golden Post Box in Marlow Bottom -to mark the wider extent of Sir Steve's huge contribution to the total 2012 GB Gold medal haul - would have been a nice touch, and popular locally, nationally, and even globally. (Apart from mean BFP trolls of course.)

It would have been a good thing for all concerned. Royal Mail may yet see the sense of this, but I doubt it now.

Marlow always had a very strong case for a Golden post box on several counts. I am happy it now has one.

Well done and thank you Naomi Riches.
Thanks Bucks Free Press. Info from campaign website follows: There has never been any doubt ... that Katherine Grainger fully deserved (and was fully entitled to, by dint of Royal Mail's own rules and standards) - a second post box - if she had wanted one. The one Gold medal won by the Team GB mens four was rewarded substantially more generously than the three Gold medals won by our Team GB women. But of course it's up to our six golden Olympian (women) whether or not they want a second postbox anywhere; I just wish Royal Mail had graciously offered our women the same as they gave the men. Equally there's never been any doubt ... that a Golden Post Box in Marlow Bottom -to mark the wider extent of Sir Steve's huge contribution to the total 2012 GB Gold medal haul - would have been a nice touch, and popular locally, nationally, and even globally. (Apart from mean BFP trolls of course.) It would have been a good thing for all concerned. Royal Mail may yet see the sense of this, but I doubt it now. Marlow always had a very strong case for a Golden post box on several counts. I am happy it now has one. Well done and thank you Naomi Riches. David Hampton
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3:23pm Mon 3 Sep 12

David Hampton says...

And all the thank you's:-

Marlow FM 97.5
Marlow parents
Jocelyn Towns, the Mayor of Marlow
Willi Moore, Olympian
Prof Greg Whyte, Olympian
Maidenhead Advertiser
Bucks Free Press
>300 people, including sportsmen and organisations from all over the UK (not just Marlow)
And all the thank you's:- Marlow FM 97.5 Marlow parents Jocelyn Towns, the Mayor of Marlow Willi Moore, Olympian Prof Greg Whyte, Olympian Maidenhead Advertiser Bucks Free Press >300 people, including sportsmen and organisations from all over the UK (not just Marlow) David Hampton
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5:09pm Mon 3 Sep 12

yog says...

I'm sorry it was a ridiculous campaign to get a gold postbox for a previous Gold medallist. All it has done is bring more ridicule to Marlow.
If the campaign had succeeded then how far back would the Royal Mail have had to go to please everyone else?
Before long there would be a gold postbox in every town.
Well done to Naomi not only for the fantastic Gold medal but also for (hopefully) silencing the clowns in Marlow.
I'm sorry it was a ridiculous campaign to get a gold postbox for a previous Gold medallist. All it has done is bring more ridicule to Marlow. If the campaign had succeeded then how far back would the Royal Mail have had to go to please everyone else? Before long there would be a gold postbox in every town. Well done to Naomi not only for the fantastic Gold medal but also for (hopefully) silencing the clowns in Marlow. yog
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7:46pm Mon 3 Sep 12

demoness the second says...

Oh thank god for that.

Now I wonder what they will find to moan about next.
Oh thank god for that. Now I wonder what they will find to moan about next. demoness the second
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7:49pm Mon 3 Sep 12

demoness the second says...

David Hampton wrote:
Thanks Bucks Free Press.
Info from campaign website follows:
There has never been any doubt ... that Katherine Grainger fully deserved (and was fully entitled to, by dint of Royal Mail's own rules and standards) - a second post box - if she had wanted one.
The one Gold medal won by the Team GB mens four was rewarded substantially more generously than the three Gold medals won by our Team GB women.
But of course it's up to our six golden Olympian (women) whether or not they want a second postbox anywhere; I just wish Royal Mail had graciously offered our women the same as they gave the men.

Equally there's never been any doubt ... that a Golden Post Box in Marlow Bottom -to mark the wider extent of Sir Steve's huge contribution to the total 2012 GB Gold medal haul - would have been a nice touch, and popular locally, nationally, and even globally. (Apart from mean BFP trolls of course.)

It would have been a good thing for all concerned. Royal Mail may yet see the sense of this, but I doubt it now.

Marlow always had a very strong case for a Golden post box on several counts. I am happy it now has one.

Well done and thank you Naomi Riches.
No it would not have been popular Dave dear because the whole point of the Golden postboxes was to celebrate the athletes this year - NOT past years.
And sorry to break this to you but no one else outside Marlow's little world gives a toss - locally, nationally, globally or even in the greater universe.
Now you have got your golden post box so please shh :))))
[quote][p][bold]David Hampton[/bold] wrote: Thanks Bucks Free Press. Info from campaign website follows: There has never been any doubt ... that Katherine Grainger fully deserved (and was fully entitled to, by dint of Royal Mail's own rules and standards) - a second post box - if she had wanted one. The one Gold medal won by the Team GB mens four was rewarded substantially more generously than the three Gold medals won by our Team GB women. But of course it's up to our six golden Olympian (women) whether or not they want a second postbox anywhere; I just wish Royal Mail had graciously offered our women the same as they gave the men. Equally there's never been any doubt ... that a Golden Post Box in Marlow Bottom -to mark the wider extent of Sir Steve's huge contribution to the total 2012 GB Gold medal haul - would have been a nice touch, and popular locally, nationally, and even globally. (Apart from mean BFP trolls of course.) It would have been a good thing for all concerned. Royal Mail may yet see the sense of this, but I doubt it now. Marlow always had a very strong case for a Golden post box on several counts. I am happy it now has one. Well done and thank you Naomi Riches.[/p][/quote]No it would not have been popular Dave dear because the whole point of the Golden postboxes was to celebrate the athletes this year - NOT past years. And sorry to break this to you but no one else outside Marlow's little world gives a toss - locally, nationally, globally or even in the greater universe. Now you have got your golden post box so please shh :)))) demoness the second
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10:12pm Mon 3 Sep 12

u5r23 says...

miccles wrote:
Well done Naomi, i think all the paralympians are just out of this world, so courageous, but what connections has she with Marlow??

She was born in London, and went to Bucks New Uni, so where does Marlow fit in?

At least the people who have got nothing better to do than to whine about having a post box painted gold can put their rattles down.

See how long it takes to be vandalised.
Can't you read Miccles?

"Naomi, who trains at Marlow Rowing Club..."

That's where Marlow fits in, and before you claim that's not a good enough connection from what I understand it was Naomi herself who chose the location of the postbox.
[quote][p][bold]miccles[/bold] wrote: Well done Naomi, i think all the paralympians are just out of this world, so courageous, but what connections has she with Marlow?? She was born in London, and went to Bucks New Uni, so where does Marlow fit in? At least the people who have got nothing better to do than to whine about having a post box painted gold can put their rattles down. See how long it takes to be vandalised.[/p][/quote]Can't you read Miccles? "Naomi, who trains at Marlow Rowing Club..." That's where Marlow fits in, and before you claim that's not a good enough connection from what I understand it was Naomi herself who chose the location of the postbox. u5r23
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10:16pm Mon 3 Sep 12

u5r23 says...

I do agree that it is a shame that the campaigners got their way, as it does detract from Naomi's success in a small way. These gold postboxes are to celebrate the successes of today, not the successes of years gone by (no matter how impressive those successes might be). Let us just hope that people like Dave Hampton remember that this postbox is for Naomi and her achievements alone, and don't try to pass it off as anything else.
I do agree that it is a shame that the campaigners got their way, as it does detract from Naomi's success in a small way. These gold postboxes are to celebrate the successes of today, not the successes of years gone by (no matter how impressive those successes might be). Let us just hope that people like Dave Hampton remember that this postbox is for Naomi and her achievements alone, and don't try to pass it off as anything else. u5r23
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7:00am Tue 4 Sep 12

miccles says...

u5r23 wrote:
miccles wrote:
Well done Naomi, i think all the paralympians are just out of this world, so courageous, but what connections has she with Marlow??

She was born in London, and went to Bucks New Uni, so where does Marlow fit in?

At least the people who have got nothing better to do than to whine about having a post box painted gold can put their rattles down.

See how long it takes to be vandalised.
Can't you read Miccles?

"Naomi, who trains at Marlow Rowing Club..."

That's where Marlow fits in, and before you claim that's not a good enough connection from what I understand it was Naomi herself who chose the location of the postbox.
So thats it is it, she trains at Marlow Rowing Club, and that is her link with Marlow. (fair enough). big deal.

Mind you if you think about things, Royal Mail are in dire straits and desperate, so are the people of Marlow, so i suppose its suits both really
[quote][p][bold]u5r23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miccles[/bold] wrote: Well done Naomi, i think all the paralympians are just out of this world, so courageous, but what connections has she with Marlow?? She was born in London, and went to Bucks New Uni, so where does Marlow fit in? At least the people who have got nothing better to do than to whine about having a post box painted gold can put their rattles down. See how long it takes to be vandalised.[/p][/quote]Can't you read Miccles? "Naomi, who trains at Marlow Rowing Club..." That's where Marlow fits in, and before you claim that's not a good enough connection from what I understand it was Naomi herself who chose the location of the postbox.[/p][/quote]So thats it is it, she trains at Marlow Rowing Club, and that is her link with Marlow. (fair enough). big deal. Mind you if you think about things, Royal Mail are in dire straits and desperate, so are the people of Marlow, so i suppose its suits both really miccles
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7:01am Tue 4 Sep 12

miccles says...

u5r23 wrote:
I do agree that it is a shame that the campaigners got their way, as it does detract from Naomi's success in a small way. These gold postboxes are to celebrate the successes of today, not the successes of years gone by (no matter how impressive those successes might be). Let us just hope that people like Dave Hampton remember that this postbox is for Naomi and her achievements alone, and don't try to pass it off as anything else.
She only trains there, don;t get so excited, apart from that she has nothing to do with the town.
[quote][p][bold]u5r23[/bold] wrote: I do agree that it is a shame that the campaigners got their way, as it does detract from Naomi's success in a small way. These gold postboxes are to celebrate the successes of today, not the successes of years gone by (no matter how impressive those successes might be). Let us just hope that people like Dave Hampton remember that this postbox is for Naomi and her achievements alone, and don't try to pass it off as anything else.[/p][/quote]She only trains there, don;t get so excited, apart from that she has nothing to do with the town. miccles
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1:31pm Tue 4 Sep 12

Morag says...

Well done to Naomi.

Have you heard about the new boundary changes for Marlow?
http://bucksfreedom.
weebly.com/new-bound
aries-for-marlow.htm
l
Well done to Naomi. Have you heard about the new boundary changes for Marlow? http://bucksfreedom. weebly.com/new-bound aries-for-marlow.htm l Morag
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1:52pm Tue 4 Sep 12

Bill Williams says...

I can only assume that, since the colour of a postbox is of such major concern, all crime has been stopped and the recession is over? Excellent news!

Following the spirit of all this, may I suggest that we cut a mail-slot in the head of the Steve Redgrave statue and a collection hatch in the
I can only assume that, since the colour of a postbox is of such major concern, all crime has been stopped and the recession is over? Excellent news! Following the spirit of all this, may I suggest that we cut a mail-slot in the head of the Steve Redgrave statue and a collection hatch in the[some text missing] Bill Williams
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6:25pm Tue 4 Sep 12

David Hampton says...

Dearest Demoness
I think you're wrong.
I don't care much that you don't care. You can't have missed how many people locally have been inspired and cheered by Olympics and Paralympics.
When our (2012) gold medal winning GB athletes are asked what inspired them, the majority still say Sir Steve Redgrave. (Sir Chris Hoy said so for example.)
So Redgrave "Inspired a Generation" just as these games aim to.
If you actually read what I said, instead of just "having a go" - as you do so well - you'd notice I said that a golden box for Steve "would have been a nice touch, and popular locally, nationally, and even globally."
Dearest Demoness I think you're wrong. I don't care much that you don't care. You can't have missed how many people locally have been inspired and cheered by Olympics and Paralympics. When our (2012) gold medal winning GB athletes are asked what inspired them, the majority still say Sir Steve Redgrave. (Sir Chris Hoy said so for example.) So Redgrave "Inspired a Generation" just as these games aim to. If you actually read what I said, instead of just "having a go" - as you do so well - you'd notice I said that a golden box for Steve "would have been a nice touch, and popular locally, nationally, and even globally." David Hampton
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7:35pm Tue 4 Sep 12

demoness the second says...

David Hampton wrote:
Dearest Demoness
I think you're wrong.
I don't care much that you don't care. You can't have missed how many people locally have been inspired and cheered by Olympics and Paralympics.
When our (2012) gold medal winning GB athletes are asked what inspired them, the majority still say Sir Steve Redgrave. (Sir Chris Hoy said so for example.)
So Redgrave "Inspired a Generation" just as these games aim to.
If you actually read what I said, instead of just "having a go" - as you do so well - you'd notice I said that a golden box for Steve "would have been a nice touch, and popular locally, nationally, and even globally."
Dear Dave
I don't care that you don't care that I don't care :)
You ( like all the other small town Marlovians) are missing the point.

Steve Redgrave carried the torch into the stadium - that is a helluva an honour.
He knows he does not merit a golden post box because they are to honour THIS years athletes.
Now go back and read my post again because clearly you did not read it properly :))
[quote][p][bold]David Hampton[/bold] wrote: Dearest Demoness I think you're wrong. I don't care much that you don't care. You can't have missed how many people locally have been inspired and cheered by Olympics and Paralympics. When our (2012) gold medal winning GB athletes are asked what inspired them, the majority still say Sir Steve Redgrave. (Sir Chris Hoy said so for example.) So Redgrave "Inspired a Generation" just as these games aim to. If you actually read what I said, instead of just "having a go" - as you do so well - you'd notice I said that a golden box for Steve "would have been a nice touch, and popular locally, nationally, and even globally."[/p][/quote]Dear Dave I don't care that you don't care that I don't care :) You ( like all the other small town Marlovians) are missing the point. Steve Redgrave carried the torch into the stadium - that is a helluva an honour. He knows he does not merit a golden post box because they are to honour THIS years athletes. Now go back and read my post again because clearly you did not read it properly :)) demoness the second
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8:38pm Tue 4 Sep 12

laircm says...

Lots of anti Marlow rhetoric here, particularly from Demon Deux. Just remember folks, Gold Post Boxes are of little or no interest to many or even most of us Marlovians!
Lots of anti Marlow rhetoric here, particularly from Demon Deux. Just remember folks, Gold Post Boxes are of little or no interest to many or even most of us Marlovians! laircm
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8:48pm Tue 4 Sep 12

demoness the second says...

laircm wrote:
Lots of anti Marlow rhetoric here, particularly from Demon Deux. Just remember folks, Gold Post Boxes are of little or no interest to many or even most of us Marlovians!
Sincere apologies Lair - I really do not want to offend .... I should be more specific cos I do recognise that most of you good folk in Marlow do have better things to worry about..
[quote][p][bold]laircm[/bold] wrote: Lots of anti Marlow rhetoric here, particularly from Demon Deux. Just remember folks, Gold Post Boxes are of little or no interest to many or even most of us Marlovians![/p][/quote]Sincere apologies Lair - I really do not want to offend .... I should be more specific cos I do recognise that most of you good folk in Marlow do have better things to worry about.. demoness the second
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9:15pm Tue 4 Sep 12

bluebanana says...

Steve Redgrave does not deserve any more honours or recognition. Especially when it's recognition being handed out for THIS YEAR'S gold medal winners. He is also supremely arrogant and I bet deep down, even he believes he deserves one.
Steve Redgrave does not deserve any more honours or recognition. Especially when it's recognition being handed out for THIS YEAR'S gold medal winners. He is also supremely arrogant and I bet deep down, even he believes he deserves one. bluebanana
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11:57pm Tue 4 Sep 12

laircm says...

demoness the second wrote:
laircm wrote:
Lots of anti Marlow rhetoric here, particularly from Demon Deux. Just remember folks, Gold Post Boxes are of little or no interest to many or even most of us Marlovians!
Sincere apologies Lair - I really do not want to offend .... I should be more specific cos I do recognise that most of you good folk in Marlow do have better things to worry about..
:-)
[quote][p][bold]demoness the second[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]laircm[/bold] wrote: Lots of anti Marlow rhetoric here, particularly from Demon Deux. Just remember folks, Gold Post Boxes are of little or no interest to many or even most of us Marlovians![/p][/quote]Sincere apologies Lair - I really do not want to offend .... I should be more specific cos I do recognise that most of you good folk in Marlow do have better things to worry about..[/p][/quote]:-) laircm
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6:56am Wed 5 Sep 12

Barbara B says...

On Friday 7th September, this Friday Scott Moorhouse will be competing for a medal in the Javelin event. Scott lives in Marlow Bottom so we may get a Gold post box here after all. Fingers crossed and good luck Scott.
On Friday 7th September, this Friday Scott Moorhouse will be competing for a medal in the Javelin event. Scott lives in Marlow Bottom so we may get a Gold post box here after all. Fingers crossed and good luck Scott. Barbara B
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7:18am Wed 5 Sep 12

demoness the second says...

OMG how many do they want? :
Funny I thought Greece was the home of the Olympics.
Has anyone told them that Marlow is?
OMG how many do they want? : Funny I thought Greece was the home of the Olympics. Has anyone told them that Marlow is? demoness the second
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4:00pm Wed 5 Sep 12

Amersham-Normal!! says...

Anyone else up for painting it red?
Anyone else up for painting it red? Amersham-Normal!!
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4:02pm Wed 5 Sep 12

jdough says...

Personally, I would prefer it if Royal Mail concentrated on not losing so many items of mail - and maybe try to provide deliveries more than twice a week.
Personally, I would prefer it if Royal Mail concentrated on not losing so many items of mail - and maybe try to provide deliveries more than twice a week. jdough
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12:13pm Thu 6 Sep 12

I like you, you like me ? says...

I have to say I live in Marlow and have done for my entire 30 years on the planet but I find this kind of thing a complete embarrassment. Gold postbox / no gold postbox.. Who cares ? I'm sure most of the older generation Marlow bod's (who are actually from Marlow in the first place) would agree with me that the snobbery has been brought in by people who have moved to the town from elsewhere.. It’s a bit like the "plastic bush" that was temporarily outside the Chequers and the "unsightly orange board" that was put outside Sainsbury's while it was being built (to protect people!!).. Give a **** ? Or… better things to worry about ??. Wish that people in Marlow would grow up and open their eyes to the real world and stop making us all look like a bunch of cretins. "I WANT A GOLD POSTBOX OR I'LL TELL ON YOU TO EVERYONE AND THEN YOU WONT BE ABLE TO COME ROUND MY HOUSE COS WE WILL ALL HATE YOU SO THERE" ZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz
zzzzzzzzzzz…….
I have to say I live in Marlow and have done for my entire 30 years on the planet but I find this kind of thing a complete embarrassment. Gold postbox / no gold postbox.. Who cares ? I'm sure most of the older generation Marlow bod's (who are actually from Marlow in the first place) would agree with me that the snobbery has been brought in by people who have moved to the town from elsewhere.. It’s a bit like the "plastic bush" that was temporarily outside the Chequers and the "unsightly orange board" that was put outside Sainsbury's while it was being built (to protect people!!).. Give a **** ? Or… better things to worry about ??. Wish that people in Marlow would grow up and open their eyes to the real world and stop making us all look like a bunch of cretins. "I WANT A GOLD POSTBOX OR I'LL TELL ON YOU TO EVERYONE AND THEN YOU WONT BE ABLE TO COME ROUND MY HOUSE COS WE WILL ALL HATE YOU SO THERE" ZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzz……. I like you, you like me ?
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