Wenlock and Mandeville were just announced as being the the mascots for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics respectively. They will be appearing all over Britain for the next two years. Following outrage over the £400,000 Olympic logo, their creators will be hoping that Wenlock and Mandeville get a more favourable reception – even though they too carry the 2012 branding – see website.
- Wenlock (Olympic mascot) is named after the Shropshire town of Much Wenlock where, in the mid-19th century, the Wenlock Games became an inspiration for the modern Olympic movement.
- Mandeville’s (Paralympic mascot) name is derived from Stoke Mandeville, in Buckinghamshire, home to Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said they were a ‘solid coalition’, an interesting comment mirroring the Political landscape there at the moment.
In China we are also seeing HaiBao the World Expo mascot everywhere right now. What do people think of these mascots and on design which do you prefer, Wenlock or Hai Bao? The UK mascots have their own Facebook/Twitter but not sure about Haibao since Facebook still blocked there…
With 800 days to go it is time to start planning !!