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‘Derelict’ post box in Northampton town centre is a sad indictment of shabby Britain

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Now that Christmas cards have either been kept for sentimental reasons or consigned to recycling, I wonder how many of them depicted the iconic British pillar box, seasonally topped with snow?

These solid receptacles, painted bright red and black, all stand proudly, symbolising the dependability of our historic Royal Mail.

All, that is, except one particular pillar box which stands forlornly on the Market Square in Northampton. This poor specimen has remained unpainted for many years, it’s faded and dirty pink, a prominent eyesore. Graffiti has now been added to complete the picture of neglect.

In its present condition it will not be photographed by passing tourists, except perhaps as an example of the increasingly shabby face of Britain, notably Northampton.

The borough council was alerted of the neglect last July. Could they not bring pressure to bear upon the Post Office for a re-paint, or will the old and lame excuses be once again trotted out? A make-over would be in keeping with other town centre improvements and most of us would appreciate a ghood result. Is anyone listening?

Keith Perryman

The Rise

Northampton

 

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