Dick Whittington should be London's Olympics mascot

There are just a few days left before the authorities decide on an Olympic Mascot for London 2012. Would it not be fitting if they were to choose London s most famous son and universally popular folk hero, Dick Whittington? His rags to riches story can ea

There are just a few days left before the authorities decide on an Olympic Mascot for London 2012. Would it not be fitting if they were to choose London's most famous son and universally popular folk hero, Dick Whittington? His rags to riches story can easily be marketed commercially in a multitude of way. Moreover his triumph over adversity is allegorical of the oppression and persecution faced by many of the world's poorest of the poor.

Let's not forget that he came to London looking for streets paved with gold. In their quest for Olympic gold, athletes will mirror his zeal and their hopes and aspirations will be no less. If we cannot put up a statue of him in the public domain of this great City or rename the wretched Archway station after him at least let's honour him by making him and his cat our Olympic Mascot.

Walter Roberts

Henfield Close, N19

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