The names of the mascots are directly linked to both the modern Olympic and Paralympic Games.
(apologies for the video clip being a little wide for the page format) look at the full video here at the official London 2012 mascot site (see below) where you can become their friend and follow their journey around the UK.
Much Wenlock in Shropshire is considered by many the birthplace of the modern Olympics. Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the IOC, visited the town in 1890 and took inspiration from the annual Games organised by Dr William Penny Brookes, a local doctor, to “promote the moral, physical and intellectual improvement of the inhabitants”.
Stoke Mandeville’s famous spinal injuries unit meanwhile was where the Paralympic movement began, and the naming of one mascot after the hospital is an explicit attempt to raise the profile of the Paralympic Games.
The mascots have been brought to life with a story written by Michael Morpurgo which shows two blobs of steel from the last castings for the Olympic Stadium that are taken home and fashioned into the two characters.
You can look forward to many more images of Wenlock and Mandeville as we approach the Games.