Say hello to one of the characters that are the official London Olympic Mascot. With less than 2 weeks ago i can’t wait for it to start and grumpy friends who a few months ago were moaning about the cost etc are starting to show little flickers of excitement. I had to read up about the mascots because i had no idea who Wenlock was and where it came from. It turns out the story behind it is more than a dreary idea thought up by London types using buzz words.
The two characters are named after Much Wenlock in Shropshire, the village that hosted a precursor to the Olympics in the 19th century, and Stoke Mandeville hospital (I spent time there when i was a kid with a severe Asthma attack. I met Jimmy Saville ), the birthplace of the Paralympic Games. Each mascot also sports a yellow light atop its head, as a reference to London’s black cabs, and the Olympic Rings get a nod via Wenlock’s bracelets.
I like it but the true test is whether the kids like it and when i opened it from its post wrapping there was a huge “OH WOW!!!” from the 7 year old and the 3 year old. Yep it’s cool!