With the Olympic Games getting underway this evening, excitement is building, yet those we spoke to in Solihull town centre had mixed opinions.
Shirley resident William Birch said the borough would only see a slight benefit from London hosting the event. “I’m not really interested and will only watch the 100m and 200m finals,” said the 52-year-old.
However, Roy Price, aged 63, from Solihull, admitted he was excited about the athletics events. “The area will benefit as more people come into Birmingham and overspill into Solihull and spend money,” he added.
Knowle’s Christine Kane, aged 78, said: “I would have liked to be there, but I think youngsters should definitely see it.”
Rachel Corser, aged 39, of Hall Green, is also looking forward to the event. “I can’t wait to watch a home Olympics and be able to see it all on TV, with the athletics, cycling and swimming being the events I am most excited for.”
The Olympics has also been good news for Solihull stores such as John Lewis - which has completely sold out of mascots.
Will Cadbury, project leader for the Olympic Touchwood team, said: “John Lewis are the official department store for the Olympics with many exclusive items that vary from collectable items to replica jerseys that have proved to be very popular.”