London boroughs to receive £50k worth of Olympic decorations

Each London borough will  be provided with £50,000 to decorate their streets ahead of the 2012 Olympics.

Mayor Boris Johnson has pledged the money to each of the 32 boroughs in order to create a carnival atmosphere ahead of the historic event.

In an interview with BBC News, he declared that each of the London boroughs will be covered with Olympic branded flags and banners to help display the beauty of the capital.

He said: “The games are a unique opportunity for London to secure its position for another generation as the best big city in the world.”

“We all have a duty to make the most of this opportunity and I’m determined to ensure every part of the capital gets to benefit and enjoy the Games. This fund will help us put on the best show and showcase ourselves to the world, wherever we are.” 

The London Evening Standard confirmed that local councils will discuss ideas regarding how the decorations can best highlight the array of tourist attractions and party venues London has to offer.   

They will have until the end of the year to submit their design proposals from a ‘Look Book’ to be released imminently, and the plans have already received praise from a number of sources – including London 2012 chairman Lord Coe.