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Last Updated: Thursday May 20 2010 07:44 GMT

London Olympic mascots unveiled

Mascots launched at a London school

Your views on London's Olympic mascots

Say hello to Wenlock and Mandeville - they're the mascots for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The story behind them is that they were created from the last drops of steel used to build the new Olympic stadium.

Children and families helped design the mascots and their story was written by top kids' author Michael Morpurgo.

It's hoped the duo will get more kids into sport. They'll now set off on a UK tour, visiting schools and communities in the lead up to the Games.

Lights and bracelets

Olympic mascots

Watch the story of Mandeville and Wenlock

The futuristic-looking pair have cameras for eyes. They also have small yellow lights on their heads, based on London's famous black taxis.

Wenlock is wearing bracelets in the colours of the five Olympic rings, and if you look at Mandeville's head you'll see three crescents - just like the Paralympics logo.

The mascots were unveiled at a primary school in east London - close to where the Games will take place in two summers' time.

Unusual names

Their names might sound unusual, but there's a story behind them too.

Wenlock comes from the town Much Wenlock, whose local games helped inspire the modern Olympics.

Mandeville is named after Stoke Mandeville Hospital, which is where Paralympic sport started.