It's not just Royal Mail postboxes. The two locks nearest the Olympic venue at Dorney Lake have gone gold.

Pedestals from which the locks are controlled are being painted gold to commemorate the London 2012 Games.

The first at Boveney near Windsor was unveiled by MP Dominic Grieve on Friday (October 12th). He is pictured above with Environment Agency Harbour Master Matt Carter.

Olympian Steve Redgrave will perform a similar ceremony at Bray in a fortnight's time.

The two locks are upstream and downstream of Dorney where rowing and kayaking events were held.

Matt Carter said: "We decided to mark the occasion in this way quite independently of the Royal Mail.

"The idea came after a member of the public suggested we mark the Games in some way. He suggested we could dye the river gold. I explained that as the environment body this is probably wasn't a good idea.

"But it got me thinking and I eventually decided we should paint these pedestals which will be seen by hundreds of people using the river"

Mr Grieve, in whose Beaconsfield constituency both Dorney Lake and the lock fall, said: "I was delighted to support Team GB. And I am delighted these will be a reminder of local connections with London 2012."

Story dated October 12th 2012


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