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Article from BTNews 5 SEPTEMBER 2011

Stansted Airport gets Olympic shop

Following the opening of a London 2012 official Olympic gift shop at Heathrow T5 another has seen the light of day landside at Stansted.  There are also shops at St Pancras International Station, Paddington Station and John Lewis in Oxford Street, and will no doubt be joined by others.  We’ve spotted one under construction at Canary Wharf, due to be opened imminently.

The shops feature Wenlock (the London 2012 Olympic mascot) and Mandeville (the London 2012 Paralympic mascot).  Much Wenlock is where Wenlock Olympian Games take place annually, the precursor to the modern Olympics.  Stoke Mandeville hospital was the launch pad for sporting activities by paraplegics which paved the way for the Paralympic Games.

LOCOG Head of Licensing Simon Lilley was on hand to perform the Stansted honours and cut the ceremonial ribbon: “This latest shop opening offers an increased opportunity for London 2012 to connect to UK travellers and international visitors, offering them a great chance to take home a piece of the Games.  The range of products on offer is huge and the diversity really means there is something for everyone – from pocket-money toys to collectables,” he said. www.london2012.com

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