Pearly king and queen unveil kids’ and OAPs’ Olympics ‘Magic Me’ banner

A 30ft banner showing the life of ‘High Street 2012’ in the run-up to next month’s Olympics has just been completed by 100 East End schoolchildren and pensioners to be fitted inside double-decker buses.

It is being installed on the ceiling for the top deck of all the 205 buses running along the A11 from Aldgate to Stratford in time for the 2012 Games.

The Pearly King and Queen of Bow Bells are unveiling the artwork at Bishops Square in Spitalfields tomorrow morning for the Magic Me charity which organises projects bringing generations together, young and old.

The youngsters and pensioners working with printmaker Janet Brooke and poet Surya Turner have also made an atmospheric soundpiece where they share stories about Whitechapel from the 1940s to the present day.

It’s all part of the charity’s East London Olympic celebrations and to mark the regeneration of the A11 along Whitechapel Road, Mile End Road and Bow Road.

One of the banners was being fitted to the top deck of a 205 bus at Bow Garage at the weekend to see how it looked before being unveiled at Bishops Square launch tomorrow, when the soundpiece podcast can be downloaded at