UPDATED: Rower’s golden display results in dazzling new post box in Weston Turville

Pamela Relph's sister Eleanor Bell (right) and cousin Frances Merry paint the post box in her honour
Pamela Relph's sister Eleanor Bell (right) and cousin Frances Merry paint the post box in her honour

After securing a gold medal at the Paralympics, adaptive rower Pam Relph added another honour to her collection with a post box painted in her honour by the Royal Mail.

The Weston Turville girl helped Britain to yet another gold at Eton Dorney in the mixed coxed four on Sunday.

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The golden post box on Main Street is located just minutes away from the house in which the former Army officer grew up.

Her step-dad, Peter Bell, was overjoyed by Pamela’s success.

He said: “Stuff like this doesn’t happen to us. People have been so kind and friendly to us.”

Mr Bell added that his daughter and Pamela’s sister, Eleanor Bell, 9, had already taken quite strongly to the post box.

“She walks past it everyday and will do on the way to school. So she will touch it and maybe give it a kiss,” he said.

Mr Bell added it was a post box Pamela used to walk past too before getting the bus to school at the John Colet and that she had no second thoughts when asked where she would like to see the post box.

Relph became a Paralympian last year after she contracted debilitating arthritis and was forced to step down from her position as an Army officer.

Mr Bell said before Pamela took to the water the nerves were running high.

He added: “We’re used to being put through the wringer. It was something like 20,000 people watching so it ramped up the nerves even more.”

The rower struck gold with her teammates, David Smith, James Roe, Naomi Riches and cox Lily van den Broecke, after they pulled away from their German rivals.

Mr Bell revealed that since the win they had been told things were ‘going to be nuts’ but that he expected it to eventually calm down.

He added: “Pam’s in the Olympic Village now and her mum’s going and spend some time with her.”

See the back page of sport for a full report on Relph’s gold medal win.