When London won the Olympic bid, the main aim of these games was to regenerate and transform the east of the city which is a deprived part of London. A 1km from the Olympic site is Hackney and this is where WHYS will be broadcasting from on Wednesday.
We will be talking to local residents like Darrell James a former gang member who is not at all optimistic “the Olympics are an event for the rest of the world but not for us”. Watch Darrell talking about it here. Others see the good and bad side of having such a big event next to them, Jim feels that it is great because he loves sports but it will bring traffic and congestion to the area, he will also be hosting us for part of the broadcast.
The other part of the programme will be coming from the Pedro Boxing Club, the club not only teaches boxing, it also serves as a youth club and community centre with choir practice, guitar and percussion and art classes, so it will be very lively. Patrick Sands who manages the Pedro Club main criticisms of the Olympics in his back yard is that not enough local people have been employed to work on the building site and there hasn’t been enough local involvement.
We will also be talking to people in other Olympic cities like Athens, Vancouver and Sydney and asking them about their experiences of having such a big event in their home and if there is an Olympic legacy.
Do send us questions you would like to ask the Hackney residents? Do you think hosting an event like the Olympics benefits a city or is it an unnecessary expense? Is there such a thing as an Olympic legacy?