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Saturday 25 March 2017

McFly singer pens 2012 Olympic mascots’ song

Helen William

McFLY frontman Tom Fletcher has penned the official song for the London 2012 mascots Wenlock and Mandeville.

The 26-year-old chart star hopes that On A Rainbow, which tells the story of the mascots' journey to the London 2012 Games, will be catchy for children.



"This is an amazing opportunity and it's something I'm very proud to be involved in," he said.



"I wanted it to be fun for kids and a song that kids could remember and sing along to."



Fletcher wrote and recorded the song which also features his sister Carrie and pupils from West Leigh Junior School Choir in Southend-on-Sea.



The track is based on a series of animated short films which show the creation of Wenlock and Mandeville from the last two drops of steel from the Olympic Stadium.



The films then follow their sporting adventures across the UK to encourage youngsters to take up sport.



Gymnast Louis Smith, weightlifter Zoe Smith, cyclist Victoria Pendleton, wheelchair racer Shelly Woods and rower Tom Aggar have been turned into animations for the third instalment of the cartoon adventure - Wenlock and Mandeville's Rainbow Rescue.



It is being premiered today and features the new song.



Rainbow Rescue was written by author Michael Morpurgo and has narration by Stephen Fry.



Children from schools who have signed up to London 2012's Get Set educational network are getting into the party spirit by learning a special dance to go with the song.



They will perform it on London 2012 World Sport Day on June 25 2012.



The Fletchers will perform the song live at events at Great Ormond Street Hospital School and at Westfield Stratford City today where the crowds will get a sneak peak at the film.



It will be shown on 373 screens in more than 100 Odeon cinemas nationwide before selected family movies from November 25 to December 23.



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