Post boxes that were painted gold to mark Olympic and Paralympic successes will remain so permanently.

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Each one will also have a plaque to name the athlete.

Dozens were transformed across London, including one in Sutton to celebrate Paralympic cyclist David Weir’s four golds.

Royal Mail said it is believed to be the first time in its history that its boxes will have changed colour to celebrate achievements.

Olympic-themed stamps that were also launched during the Games will remain on sale until December 31.

Moya Greene, chief executive of the Royal Mail Group, said; “We are delighted at the way people took to this simple idea.

“The gold post boxes gave communities even more opportunity to mark the successes of Team GB and Paralympics GB - and became a part of local celebrations of London 2012 across the UK.

“I am pleased to confirm that these post boxes will be kept gold permanently.”