2012 Olympic mascots help celebrate Chadwell Heath boy’s birthday

PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 January 2011

Emre Yilmaz with Olympic mascots Mandeville and Wenlock

Emre Yilmaz with Olympic mascots Mandeville and Wenlock


THE mascots of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have helped a Chadwell Heath boy celebrate his sixth birthday.

Emre Yilmaz is one of an elite group of London 2012 Children’s Promise scheme members.

He became a member on the day he was born in 2004 – the 20th day of the 12th month – 2012.

Emre celebrated his birthday with a visit to Trafalgar Square, where he met Wenlock and Mandeville, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic mascots.

He and other birthday boys and girls were also given an update on the progress made in bringing the world’s biggest multi-sports competition to the capital.

His mum Arabella Warden said: “Now that he’s older, he’s really aware of what’s going on with the Olympics.

“Whenever we’re on the A12 or he A13, he says ‘look, Olympics’.”

In previous years, Emre has been to the Olympic site in Stratford and met some of the people charged with bringing the games to London.

He could also play a part during the Games, with each Children’s Promise scheme child set to have a special role in welcoming the world at the time of the Olympics.

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