Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Golden Boy Josef Gets the Stamp of Approval; Postbox Repainted in Honour of Paralympic Hero

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Golden Boy Josef Gets the Stamp of Approval; Postbox Repainted in Honour of Paralympic Hero

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Byline: Lisa Hutchinson

SWIMMING sensation Josef Craig has been made a pillar of the community after having a postbox in his home town painted gold in his honour.

Royal Mail painters arrived at Grange Road in Jarrow on Saturday to paint it gold. Josef and his parents will see it when they arrive back on Tyneside tomorrow.

The excited 15-year-old, who was born with cerebral palsy, said from London's athletes' village: "I'll have to start posting letters now."

The move by Royal Mail followed Josef's exciting swim on Thursday when he smashed his own world record and took the gold in the 400m S7 freestyle final.

Royal Mail are also producing individual first class stamps featuring Josef which are now on sale.

Proud father Kenneth, 53, who also has daughter Jemma, 27, said: "It is brilliant that a postbox has been painted gold for Josef. It is near the Town Hall and everyone will be able to see it. Kim uses it all the time to post her letters.

"And to have a stamp with him on, is tremendous. I think I'll keep all of mine I buy.

"Josef is ecstatic. He had his sights set on Rio but he's got gold in London. We haven't come down to earth as yet. We are so proud of him."

Paula Young, pastoral leader at St Joseph's RC Comprehensive School in Hebburn, said: "Josef is one of the nicest young men I have met. He has always showed a maturity beyond his years even as an 11-year-old new starter in September 2008. Even then he was bringing in press cuttings and medals from his swim meets across the country. "When he left for Team GB training in July I told him to just do his best as he was a winner in our eyes anyway for making the team at his age. We gave him a good luck card that was made by a Year 8 class and was signed by as many of the school as we could fit on. …

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