London 2012’s Olympic mascots were revealed to the nation last night and two English towns were surprised to hear they had been chosen to name the silver beings. The characters have taken the second part of the town names Much Wenlock in Shropshire and Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire. “We are delighted as we didn’t know. “We first heard about it on The One Show like everyone else so we are really excited,” Shropshire Council spokesperson Tim King told Travel Daily. Dr William Penny Brookes founded the Wenlock Olympian Society in the town in 1850, which is considered by some to be the inspiration behind today’s modern games. It holds its own Olympic Games every year through July and this year will be the 124th. “There has been a lot of planning surrounding the Olympics. It was difficult to know what the response would be but we can plan more now that we know there is a connection to this year’s modern games,” added King. “It will definitely bring tourism to Shropshire. We want to use Much Wenlock as a flagship for Shropshire; it can act as a backdrop for other places such as Ludlow and the hills.” Stoke Mandeville is home to the hospital where Dr Ludwig Guttmann established the Stoke Mandeville Games to inspire injured soldiers in his care, which is recognised as the forerunner to the modern Paralympics.