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From Richmond Park to Kensington Gardens, the Mayor's Team London Mobile Ambassador Pod has well and truly gone the extra mile to welcome visitors to London at five of The Royal Parks throughout the London 2012 Games.

The mobilepod, which is an electric mini-van, has been fronted by 180 Team London Ambassadors and delivered over 50,000 maps and planners to London 2012 Games visitors.

Over the games period the mobile pod has been present at 10 Olympic and Paralympic events, including the Cycling Road Race in Richmond Park, Cycling Times Trial in Bushy Park as well as the Olympic Marathon at St James's Park.

Team London Ambassador Jenny Pickett from Southgate, who has been based at the mobile pod in St James's Park this week, said she has loved the chance to assist visitors within The Royal Parks.

I worked for six years on Birdcage Walk and spent every lunch time in St James'sPark, summer and winter, so I know the park very well. I just love St James's Park, I think it's one of the nicest parks in London and it's been a pleasure helping visitors get the most out of their visit here.

Fellow volunteer ambassador Fredwyn Hosier from Palmers Green said that the response visitors have had to The Royal Parks has been phenomenal.

It has been absolutely wonderful spending my time as a volunteer in The Royal Parks. At lunch time this week a visitor from the US approached me and asked what event was on in the park. I explained that it was just lunchtime and that it was part of London culture to head into the park and soak up the sun - he was quite amazed by the number of people.

The mobile pod has been based in Richmond Park, St James's Park, Kensington Gardens, Regent's Park and Bushy Park, travelling many, many miles over the past 45 days.

The Royal Parks Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Parks Colin Buttery said the mobile pod had been a great asset to park visitors.

Travelling daily from park to park, the mobile pod has certainly been one of the hardest working team members of the London 2012 Games. The mobile pod and Team London Ambassadors have been a very welcome addition to The Royal Parks this summer and have no doubt enhanced the experience of visitors as they explore our stunning park sand London.

The Royal Parks has also been home to Ambassador Pods in Hyde Park and Green Park from 21 July to 9 September.

Friendly and knowledgeable Ambassadors have been on-hand to offer visitors a warm welcome to London and The Royal Parks, and assist with a wide range of inquiries from getting around to finding hidden gems.


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