AN MP has called for gold post boxes to be installed in the home towns of Scotland’s Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning athletes.

Stewart Hosie has urged Royal Mail to honour record-breaking Team Scotland’s gold medal winners in the same way as the London 2012 Olympic champions.

The SNP MP for Dundee East said: “I congratulate all of Team Scotland for their terrific record-breaking efforts at this year’s games and in particular Mark Stewart from Dundee who won gold in the cycling points race.”

“By awarding gold post boxes to the home towns of our gold medal-winning athletes we would not only recognise their superb victories but we could inspire and encourage a new generation of award-winning Scottish athletes.”

“Everything points to a great future for Scottish sport, especially here in Dundee with the exciting plans for the new regional performance centre.”

Dundee City Council cycling spokesman Councillor Kevin Cordell has also written to Royal Mail.

He said: “As well as recognising the personal achievements of Mark and others, it would also be a reminder and hopefully inspiration to the young cyclists of today who might look to follow their heroes in competitive sport – or it could simply encourage the recreational cyclist to ‘get on their bike’ more often.

“I think it would be a fantastic gesture.”

Chris Hoy (Edinburgh), Andy Murray (Dunblane) and Katherine Grainger (Aberdeen) were among the Scottish stars honoured with gold post boxes following the 2012 Olympics.