I Wonder If St Mary’s Primary Have Booked A Visit?

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.

Ahahahahahahahaha!

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.”

Gah!!!!

11 comments for “I Wonder If St Mary’s Primary Have Booked A Visit?

  1. January 4, 2012 at 11:06 am

    “He didn’t say, providing the children were from affluent families.”

    Like Tower Hamlets who have had three visits?
    What an utter bell end. Some people just hate the well-to-do and have a pop at them at any opportunity.

  2. Ken Whistance
    January 4, 2012 at 11:12 am

    £850 for 2 characters and £600 for 1.
    Ergo each ‘actor’ is getting £250??
    This means the assistant is getting £350.
    Whatever are they doing to warrant that??

    • Michael
      January 4, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      ‘Whatever are they doing to warrant that??’

      Maybe you really don’t want to know. Maybe they’re furries!

      More to the point, does anyone know where the money’s actually going? Is this some official advertising campaign, or just a couple of bell-ends cashing in?

    • January 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      £850 for 2 characters and £600 for 1.
      Ergo each ‘actor’ is getting £250??
      This means the assistant is getting £350.
      Whatever are they doing to warrant that??

      I doubt it , probably £70 each more like

      with the rest going to the BOC , well somebodies got to pay for those BMW’s and lunches

  3. Kevin B
    January 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Perhaps the schools can get a free visit from that other pair of muppets, Boff and Doocy, (or should that be Doocy and Boff?).

    (Baroness Doocy? Really? Your’e having us on).

  4. Ed P
    January 4, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    As one of them has a similar name to the prince of darkness, should these characters really be allowed near children?

  5. January 5, 2012 at 4:46 am

    That uncanny knack of always getting it wrong.

  6. January 5, 2012 at 5:48 am

    How sad for the children of Hackney, I’m sure they would have come up with many inventive ways to deflate Wenlock and Mandeville.

  7. January 5, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Note To 4liberty Admin

    Your backpage links do not work, If I click (page) 2 or 3 or ‘next’ it comes straight back to page one.

    • January 5, 2012 at 7:07 am

      Do you mean the links at the top here to previous and following page? I just tested those and they seem to work.

      • January 6, 2012 at 12:47 am

        No, I mean the links on the bottom of the Home page

        “1 2 3…next”

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