After all, how else will the kiddiewinks know who’s starring in their free books?
London 2012 mascots Wenlock and Mandeville have failed to visit a single school in an Olympic borough as headteachers struggle to pay their “exorbitant” appearance fee.
Because it’s not free to have these ghastly mutations visit your school to plug the runandjumpandswimathon.
Oh, dear me no…
The £850 fee is to cover the two “actors” who put on the Wenlock and Mandeville costumes and also to pay for an assistant. A visit from one of the characters costs £600.
Neighbouring Newham has had one school visit, Greenwich one and Tower Hamlets three.
Oh, great! A couple of the most ‘deprived’ London boroughs, and they have the cash for this?
Andrew Boff, Tory spokesman on the Olympics at the London Assembly, said he will raise the subject as it appeared Hackney schools were “not getting their fair share”.
Get back to me when the educational results from Hackney schools are a bit better, Andrew, eh? Then maybe we can talk about getting a bunch of muppets in to advertise the Olympics…
Lib-Dem peer Baroness Doocey said this year: “When Sebastian Coe launched the mascots he said they had been created for the children. He didn’t say, providing the children were from affluent families.”
The families aren’t paying this money, you idiot, it’s coming out of the schools budget!
Emma Penzer, the head of Mandeville Primary, said her school had failed to qualify for a free visit, despite sharing a name with one mascot.
She said the school, from where pupils can see the Olympic stadium, was now considering paying £850 for the privilege. “Normally we would not even consider spending £850 on something like this,” she said.
“But as our name is Mandeville and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the children, we have thought about it. We’d hoped for a free visit but didn’t win the draw.”