Couple in Sheffield for golden tribute to British athletes

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A HUSBAND and wife team popped into Sheffield during a golden 3,000-mile marathon.

Chris and Christine Power have been inspired to take part in the journey as a tribute to Britain’s Olympians and Paralympians.

The couple, from Titchfield, Hampshire, plan to visit every gold-painted postbox in the country. Royal Mail has repainted a postbox in the home town of each of Britain’s London 2012 gold medal-winning athletes.

And the Browns have just visited the one dedicated to Sheffield’s heptathlete star Jess Ennis in Barker’s Pool.

While they were here, they popped into the local post office to have envelopes stamped bearing Team GB stamps.

By the end of their tour, the couple hope to have visited all 54 towns where postboxes have re-painted.

Retired Chris, 69, said: “We were inspired by the fantastic efforts of all our athletes – they really did the country proud.

“We just wanted to do something to mark their achievements for posterity.”

A picture of the couple at every post box will be bound up with all the envelopes and a journey log – to be passed on to their grandchildren as a reminder of the greatest Olympics ever held.

They hope to complete it before January when the Post Office will repaint the boxes back to red.