Legacy News: Plans have been announced to turn the Olympic stadium into a giant warehouse to store unsold 2012 merchandise.
â€śThe sheer amount of unsold Wenlock and Mandeville toys, keyrings, tea towels and other crap has been putting a dangerous strain on warehouses in london since the games finished in September,â€ť said a spokesman for the London Legacy Development Corporation, charged with securing the future of the Olympic complex.
â€śWe estimate that over 80% of warehouse space in the East End of London is taken up with storage of unsold 2012 foam fingers, duvet covers and giant novelty plastic medals. The remaining 20% is taken up with artists keen to live in a quasi-industrial space, so weâ€™re at breaking point.â€ť
The LLDC say the stadium will have its doors sealed and the unsold merchandise will be dropped into the stadium from helicopters. â€śWe learned a lot from hosting the games this summer,â€ť said a spokesman.
â€śNamely that it was a big mistake to order three quarters of a million 2012 branded beanie hats.â€ť
Story: Simon Swatman