27th September 2012
OLYMPIC stars Tom Daley and Ruta Meilutyte joined Argyle chairman James Brent and president Chris Webb at Home Park on Thursday afternoon to unveil special post-boxes in their honour.Daley, 18, and Meilutyte, 15, won bronze and gold medals respectively at this summer's London Olympics and, thanks to the efforts of the club, now have appropriately coloured post-boxes in their city to mark their achievements.
Royal Mail gave a golden layer to boxes in the home towns of winning Team GB stars.
They refused to bend the rules for bronze medal-winning Tom and his gold winning schoolmate Ruta, because she competes for Lithuania.
Argyle president Chris Webb explains: "I spoke to James Brent just after Ruta won her gold medal and said that we'd look to do something.
"That gathered pace when Tom won his bronze on that fantastic night.
"First of all, we approached Royal Mail and asked for official post-boxes but they didn't want to set a precedent so we decided to go solo, went to the reclamation yard, paid for the boxes, had them painted up and there they are."
A third box, liveried with an Argyle green Union flag, is also on the way.
"The third box is going to act as a tribute to all of the South West's Olympians and Paralympians," added Chris.
"They look fantastic and I think it shows just how proud the city and the club are of our athletes."
The boxes, which are situated by the Mayflower turnstiles at Home Park, will be in place next week after receiving a final coat of paint.
Whilst the post-boxes will not be in Royal Mail use, fans and passers-by will be able to post messages of support to both Ruta and Tom.
"I'm really looking forward to reading some of the messages that get put into there," said bronze medallist Tom
"It's so great that Argyle have honoured myself and Ruta with these post-boxes, especially as they're so close to where we train."