Saturday 23 September 2017

Southampton FC fans paint post boxes in team's colours in cup final celebration

A post box on Bargate Street in Southampton, which has been painted with the white stripes of Southampton FC
A post box on Bargate Street in Southampton, which has been painted with the white stripes of Southampton FC

Southampton football fans celebrated their club's success in reaching the EFL Cup Final by painting post boxes in their team's colours.

White stripes have been added to at least two post boxes in the Hampshire city in the style of the team strip to mark the club's victory over Liverpool in the semi-final earning them a place against Manchester United in the final at Wembley next month.

Locals have welcomed the added colour as "a bit of fun", but Royal Mail has pledged to return the post boxes in Bargate and Queensway back to their original colour.

Graeme McLeish, owner of Oceans Gift Shop, said: "Personally I think it is quite funny - it's had quite a response from people. I think the Post Office should do it properly, it could be a real landmark, I don't think they should take it away.

"We get people in the shop every day asking where St Mary's (stadium) is, people from the cruise ships asking about the club. I think it is quite cool.

"I don't think it should be treated as vandalism, in the same way as Banksy's graffiti, everyone loves it, someone has a good sense of humour."

A Royal Mail spokesman said: "We congratulate Southampton FC on their success. However, we will be returning the post boxes to their original colour as soon as it is reasonably possible."

Following the London 2012 Olympics, post boxes in the home towns of Team GB gold medal winners were permanently painted gold

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