Man spotted painting Dartford station post box pink

A man is spotted painting Dartford station post box pink (image from the Dartford Past, Present and Future Facebook group).

A man is spotted painting Dartford station post box pink (image from the Dartford Past, Present and Future Facebook group).

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Rail users were greeted with a strange sight outside Dartford station this morning – a post box being painted pink.

A man was seen applying the vivid paint to the box as bemused commuters passed by.

But it wasn’t some act of broad daylight vandalism or part of any Royal Mail campaign, as when pillar boxes were painted gold in honour of Team GB Olympic champions in 2012.

It turns out every box needs a lick of paint roughly every four years and this one will only be looking pretty in pink as long as its various undercoats take to try before the familiar red can be re-applied.

Royal Mail spokeswoman Sally Hopkins said: “The box is just getting a few coats of primer before it gets the red.

“It’s part of a cycle of repainting all Royal Mail boxes.

“They are generally done within a day so they don’t have to be out of use for customers for very long.

“Obviously we don’t want customers using them when they are wet because they will get paint on themselves and their post and get fingerprints on them.”

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9:50am Wed 23 Jul 14

Marty1979 says...

And this is news???????
And this is news??????? Marty1979
  • Score: 21

1:15pm Wed 23 Jul 14

PoppyGreenLeaf says...

Good grief, this is possibly the dullest story ever. The headline of "Man painting post box pink" is ridiculous. How about "Man doing his job"
Good grief, this is possibly the dullest story ever. The headline of "Man painting post box pink" is ridiculous. How about "Man doing his job" PoppyGreenLeaf
  • Score: 25

1:38pm Wed 23 Jul 14

sarfflondonbird says...

N.S. you really should get out more, I know, its that beng cooped inside the office all day is making your brain addled. Stories are a bit naff today! As for you Poppygreenleaf, you need your snickers bar now, because you are turning into a bit of a diva, thats the second moan at N.S. today. Have they done something to upset you by chance?.
N.S. you really should get out more, I know, its that beng cooped inside the office all day is making your brain addled. Stories are a bit naff today! As for you Poppygreenleaf, you need your snickers bar now, because you are turning into a bit of a diva, thats the second moan at N.S. today. Have they done something to upset you by chance?. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: -2

1:47pm Wed 23 Jul 14

PoppyGreenLeaf says...

I have had my snickers now, feel much better thanks! ill get off my soap box.
I have had my snickers now, feel much better thanks! ill get off my soap box. PoppyGreenLeaf
  • Score: 3

2:06pm Wed 23 Jul 14

reasonable75 says...

Hold the front page - I've just seen a man painting the outside of a house
Hold the front page - I've just seen a man painting the outside of a house reasonable75
  • Score: 6

2:34pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Gypo.Joe says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
N.S. you really should get out more, I know, its that beng cooped inside the office all day is making your brain addled. Stories are a bit naff today! As for you Poppygreenleaf, you need your snickers bar now, because you are turning into a bit of a diva, thats the second moan at N.S. today. Have they done something to upset you by chance?.
What a hypocrite you are sarflondonturd.
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: N.S. you really should get out more, I know, its that beng cooped inside the office all day is making your brain addled. Stories are a bit naff today! As for you Poppygreenleaf, you need your snickers bar now, because you are turning into a bit of a diva, thats the second moan at N.S. today. Have they done something to upset you by chance?.[/p][/quote]What a hypocrite you are sarflondonturd. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 5

3:43pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Oldchap says...

Must be a slow day for news, but NS is really scraping the barrel if this is all they can come up witn
Must be a slow day for news, but NS is really scraping the barrel if this is all they can come up witn Oldchap
  • Score: 7

5:52pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Simon Bull says...

PoppyGreenLeaf wrote:
Good grief, this is possibly the dullest story ever. The headline of "Man painting post box pink" is ridiculous. How about "Man doing his job"
This and the other 'non-story' you were moaning about earlier are both in our top 10 most-read stories for today. Maybe what's dull and unimportant to you is interesting to other people. Whatever the reason, if these trivial stories do ok online we'll happily take that, despite the few 'slow news day' whinges that always seem to follow them.
[quote][p][bold]PoppyGreenLeaf[/bold] wrote: Good grief, this is possibly the dullest story ever. The headline of "Man painting post box pink" is ridiculous. How about "Man doing his job"[/p][/quote]This and the other 'non-story' you were moaning about earlier are both in our top 10 most-read stories for today. Maybe what's dull and unimportant to you is interesting to other people. Whatever the reason, if these trivial stories do ok online we'll happily take that, despite the few 'slow news day' whinges that always seem to follow them. Simon Bull
  • Score: -7

8:13pm Wed 23 Jul 14

swanleyperson says...

They should do a page 3 news-shopper style. Fatties and chavs galore and i bet they would do it for a fiver. ThANkYoU
They should do a page 3 news-shopper style. Fatties and chavs galore and i bet they would do it for a fiver. ThANkYoU swanleyperson
  • Score: 5

8:55pm Wed 23 Jul 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
sarfflondonbird wrote:
N.S. you really should get out more, I know, its that beng cooped inside the office all day is making your brain addled. Stories are a bit naff today! As for you Poppygreenleaf, you need your snickers bar now, because you are turning into a bit of a diva, thats the second moan at N.S. today. Have they done something to upset you by chance?.
What a hypocrite you are sarflondonturd.
Belt up you. Even poppygreenleaf saw the humour....I hope....in it.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: N.S. you really should get out more, I know, its that beng cooped inside the office all day is making your brain addled. Stories are a bit naff today! As for you Poppygreenleaf, you need your snickers bar now, because you are turning into a bit of a diva, thats the second moan at N.S. today. Have they done something to upset you by chance?.[/p][/quote]What a hypocrite you are sarflondonturd.[/p][/quote]Belt up you. Even poppygreenleaf saw the humour....I hope....in it. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: -5

2:00pm Thu 24 Jul 14

reasonable75 says...

Simon Bull wrote:
PoppyGreenLeaf wrote:
Good grief, this is possibly the dullest story ever. The headline of "Man painting post box pink" is ridiculous. How about "Man doing his job"
This and the other 'non-story' you were moaning about earlier are both in our top 10 most-read stories for today. Maybe what's dull and unimportant to you is interesting to other people. Whatever the reason, if these trivial stories do ok online we'll happily take that, despite the few 'slow news day' whinges that always seem to follow them.
It might be one of the most read stories, but probably due to the headline

I was expecting it to be vandalism or some sort of protest

If it had said "Royal Mail routinely repaints postboxes" I doubt many would have given it a glance
[quote][p][bold]Simon Bull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PoppyGreenLeaf[/bold] wrote: Good grief, this is possibly the dullest story ever. The headline of "Man painting post box pink" is ridiculous. How about "Man doing his job"[/p][/quote]This and the other 'non-story' you were moaning about earlier are both in our top 10 most-read stories for today. Maybe what's dull and unimportant to you is interesting to other people. Whatever the reason, if these trivial stories do ok online we'll happily take that, despite the few 'slow news day' whinges that always seem to follow them.[/p][/quote]It might be one of the most read stories, but probably due to the headline I was expecting it to be vandalism or some sort of protest If it had said "Royal Mail routinely repaints postboxes" I doubt many would have given it a glance reasonable75
  • Score: 12

5:14pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Simon Bull says...

reasonable75 wrote:
Simon Bull wrote:
PoppyGreenLeaf wrote:
Good grief, this is possibly the dullest story ever. The headline of "Man painting post box pink" is ridiculous. How about "Man doing his job"
This and the other 'non-story' you were moaning about earlier are both in our top 10 most-read stories for today. Maybe what's dull and unimportant to you is interesting to other people. Whatever the reason, if these trivial stories do ok online we'll happily take that, despite the few 'slow news day' whinges that always seem to follow them.
It might be one of the most read stories, but probably due to the headline

I was expecting it to be vandalism or some sort of protest

If it had said "Royal Mail routinely repaints postboxes" I doubt many would have given it a glance
The headline states nothing other than cold hard facts. It's as literal as it could possibly be. If you were expecting something else that's your lookout :-)
[quote][p][bold]reasonable75[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Simon Bull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PoppyGreenLeaf[/bold] wrote: Good grief, this is possibly the dullest story ever. The headline of "Man painting post box pink" is ridiculous. How about "Man doing his job"[/p][/quote]This and the other 'non-story' you were moaning about earlier are both in our top 10 most-read stories for today. Maybe what's dull and unimportant to you is interesting to other people. Whatever the reason, if these trivial stories do ok online we'll happily take that, despite the few 'slow news day' whinges that always seem to follow them.[/p][/quote]It might be one of the most read stories, but probably due to the headline I was expecting it to be vandalism or some sort of protest If it had said "Royal Mail routinely repaints postboxes" I doubt many would have given it a glance[/p][/quote]The headline states nothing other than cold hard facts. It's as literal as it could possibly be. If you were expecting something else that's your lookout :-) Simon Bull
  • Score: -10

9:13pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Gypo.Joe says...

swanleyperson wrote:
They should do a page 3 news-shopper style. Fatties and chavs galore and i bet they would do it for a fiver. ThANkYoU
I agree with you. ( for once )

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=zllH86e-D
Fc


Swanleys finest !
[quote][p][bold]swanleyperson[/bold] wrote: They should do a page 3 news-shopper style. Fatties and chavs galore and i bet they would do it for a fiver. ThANkYoU[/p][/quote]I agree with you. ( for once ) http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=zllH86e-D Fc Swanleys finest ! Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 8

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