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Wenlock and Mandeville are the official mascots of the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2012 Paralympics. They were first introduced on May 19, 2010. They represent two anthromorphic, one-eyed drops of steel from the steel industry in Bolton. They are named after Much Wenlock in Shropshire, the site of a precursor to the modern Olympic Games, and Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire, where a precursor to the Paralympics took place in 1948 . The writer Michael Morpurgo wrote two stories for children with the mascot in the lead role, based on which four cartoons were added.