Miniature post box will be given to Ellie Simmonds

This miniature gold post box will be presented to swimming star Ellie Simmonds when she takes an open-top bus tour around her home town.

Leather museum demonstrator Bill Rollinson with the gold leather postbox
Leather museum demonstrator Bill Rollinson with the gold leather postbox

Staff at Walsall Leather Museum created the 9in replica of the post box which was painted gold in Aldridge when she won her first medal.

She will be presented with it when she visits her former school Cooper & Jordan in Aldridge on Monday.

The leather postbox was made by retired leather worker Wendy Tipper, who still carries out leather demonstrations at the museum.

David Mills, assistant curator at Walsall Leather Museum, said: “Where I grew up in Walsall Wood, I was given a leather postbox to commemorate the Queen’s silver jubilee so we thought this would be a good idea. The postbox has a removable top. It’s made of fantastic gold-coloured leather.

“Ellie is a credit to the town. I’m full of admiration for her.” She will leave the school on an open top bus at 12.30 on Monday, going through Aldridge to Walsall.