Marking The End Of The Olympics In SW19

Three free events are coming up

The Olympic events are now over in Wimbledon, with the highlights being Andy Murray's gold medal and his mixed doubles silver with Wimbledon-based Laura Robson.

The Olympic Route Network into Wimbledon has now been decommissioned and the one-way system around the All England Club will also be decommissioned between 8pm on Wednesday and 6am on Thursday.

We can also say 'farewell' to the Team London Ambassadors (left) giving out information to visitors from their 'pod' outside the station.

They are also pictured (below right) with England manager Roy Hodgson on his way to the Olympic tennis finals.

And the Royal Mail have turned two red post boxes in Wimbledon into gold. The first is in Worple Road (right), and is in honour of women's lightweight double sculls rowing winner, Sophie Hosking, who lives in Wimbledon.

And the second (below) is at the corner of Church Road and Somerset Road, marking Andy Murray's gold success.

Diana Sterck, Chief Executive of Merton Chamber of Commerce, who is pictured holding Murray's special stamp, said: "We are not only delighted at the success of our Olympic Champions but also that their achievements have become part of Wimbledon's heritage.

"The gold post boxes marking the success of Andy Murray and Sophie Hoskings, are history in the making and fit perfectly with the aspirations of the Wimbledon Way, that aims to celebrate and promote Wimbledon's rich heritage."

Meanwhile, two free events will be taking place at Merton Abbey Mills to mark the end of the Olympics.

They will take place on Sunday (August 12) and Sunday September 9. Each event will feature a host of music and arts activity for all the family.

Confirmed acts for August 12 are:

The Bikini Beach Band
Crown Lane Studio Sessions
Colliers Wood International Ukulele Orchestra.

Confirmed acts for September 9 are:

The Hackney Colliery Band
Native Sun
Merton Abbey Opera
The Autistix
Merton Community Chorus
Colliers Wood International Ukulele Orchestra
Astrid Brook.

More acts and activities for both dates are to be confirmed. Both events start at 2pm, with the official Olympic ceremony closing at 8pm and the official Paralympic ceremony closing at 7pm.

And a 'Light a Lantern' evening will take place in at South Park Gardens, Wimbledon, on August 28 to celebrate the opening of the Paralympics.

Everyone is asked to display and illuminate a lantern to light the way to the Paralympic Games. Bring along your handmade or bought lanterns to create a display in the centre of South Park Gardens.

At 8pm a signal will be sent to the paralymic athletes by lighting the anterns in line with the flame being lit at Stoke Mandeville. All lanterns will be lit using hand-held torches and not candles.

August 10, 2012

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A gold post box in Worple Road (pic by Rob Crane)

Roy Hodgson and Team London Ambassadors in Wimbledon