Meet London's Olympic Ambassadors

Uniform launch in Wimbledon

The eye-catching uniform to be worn by the London Ambassadors when they welcome the world for the Olympic and Paralympic Games was unveiled at Wimbledon station on Friday (March 16).

Mayor Boris Johnson, who met with 30 members of his 8,000 strong volunteer army at the event, also revealed one of the brightly coloured Ambassador 'pods' from which the welcoming faces of the city will base themselves at more than 40 locations across London, including Wimbledon.

As part of the city's 'Summer Like No Other' programme the Mayor also announced a two-week public exhibition has been opened at City Hall to give Londoners and visitors to the capital a taste of how London will look and feel during Games time.

The exhibition will feature examples of the colourful dressing and bunting that will be on display throughout the city, plus a number of examples of how high streets and towns will be getting involved with the celebrations.

Boris Johnson said: "With their purple shirts and quintessentially British trilby hats there can be no doubt that our Team London Ambassadors will be a highly visible presence during the Games. These volunteers have come on a fantastic journey since we launched the quest to recruit our volunteer army and I am really proud of the public-spirited people we have on board.

"With just over four months to go Londoners are starting to get a real taste of how London will look and feel during the Games, as well as how we will welcome the world during a summer like no other."

The volunteers, from across London and beyond, have been through a rigorous selection process which saw more than 30,000 people apply.

Aged between 14 and 85, and speaking over 40 languages from Albanian to Vietnamese, they will help visitors to London make the most of their time in the city, giving them a fantastic welcome and helping to promote the vast range of events and activities taking place during the summer.

March 16, 2012