Elsenham residents revel in Olympic success of Team GB showjumping star Ben Maher

RESIDENTS in Elsenham have been celebrating Olympic success after Royal Mail painted one of the village’s postboxes gold in honour of medal-winning hero Ben Maher.

Maher, who trains at Elsenham Stud Farm, was part of a three-man team who won Great Britain’s first showjumping gold medal in 60 years on Monday, in a narrow victory over the Dutch.

Parish councillors congratulated Maher on his olympic success at a meeting on Monday. Chairman Nick Edwards said: “I think I speak for many residents in offering huge congratulations to Ben and his fellow Olympians. The village is buzzing at the moment following such a historic success from a local athlete.”

Royal Mail were initially going to paint a postbox in Bishop’s Stortford’s gold to celebrate Maher’s success, but had a change of heart following calls from villagers asking for a golden postbox in Maher’s home village. People have been crowding round the newly-painted postbox to take photos and revel in their very own Olympic success.