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Post box painted gold to honour tae kwon-do star Jade Jones

JADE fever is sweeping through Flint as residents celebrate her Olympic win.

The town centre has been buzzing since Jade Jones’s victory in the women’s tae kwon-do -57kg class final last Thursday.

On Friday crowds gathered to see the red postbox in Church Street being painted gold in honour of the Olympic hero.

And there were long queues in the post office as dozens of people waited to get their hands on a gold medal stamp issued by the Royal Mail to mark the teenager’s success.

The stamp is the fastest Royal Mail has ever produced following the late time of her win at about 10.30pm the night before.

As soon as Jade won her gold medal, Getty Images, the official photo agency of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), submitted a selection of the best images from that moment to the eight-strong Royal Mail design team who had just one hour to review all the images sent, pick the most fitting and atmospheric image, crop and refine the photo, add Jade’s name, then position it within the templated design of the six-stamp sheet.

A fleet of 90 Royal Mail vehicles delivered the stamps, which were produced in just a few hours, across the UK to more than 500 post offices ready for sale the next day.

An additional 4,700 post offices received the gold medal stamps this week.

Among those waiting to get their hands on the commemorative stamps was Joanne Jones with her children Tayler, six, Cayden, four, and 11-year-old Connor.

Joanne said: “This is a momentous thing for the whole town. I grew up a couple of doors away from Jade. To see her become a young lady and win gold is amazing.

“We went to Chester to see the torch relay and the boys watched her first two rounds in Flint Sports & Social Club. They woke up this morning to be told Jade had won gold. We wanted the special stamps to put in a keepsake box we are putting together.”

Amy Toft, 19, from Flint was also in the queue for the mementoes.

She added: “I really wanted to get hold of some stamps for a keepsake and I was worried there would be none left.

“But I managed to buy six and I am hoping to get some more later. The whole town is buzzing. It’s a massive thing for a small town like Flint and what Jade has achieved is amazing.

“It gives young people in the town something to aspire to.”

Customers can also buy the stamps at www.royalmail.com/goldmedalstamps and from Royal Mail’s customer service centre on 08457 641 641.

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