West Ham United's Bid to become anchor concessionaire of the Olympic Stadium has received widespread support from a host of high-profile names who want to see a lasting legacy delivered to east London.
In an open letter to Londoners, big names from the world of showbusiness, sport, politics, community and business have lent their backing to West Ham United's pledge to build on the fantastic platform the Olympic Games have provided to help 'Put east London on the map and keep it there'.
The full letter, which fans will also see in media in the coming week, can be seen below.
We, the under-signed, are delighted to be backing West Ham United's Bid to occupy the Olympic Stadium post-Games.
We are offering our support as community and business leaders, representatives of the arts and figureheads from the sporting family. Some of us are also West Ham United supporters but we all have one thing in common: a passionate interest in East London, its community and its future direction.
The Games have given a mouth-watering taste of what this amazing venue could offer to visitors week in week out. But the showcase must not stop there.
West Ham has promised to help deliver the legacy promises made by Lord Coe in 2005: promises that would directly benefit the people of East London and the rest of the nation as a whole. This would be done through the creation of jobs, ensuring the Stadium is regularly used by the local community and by making elite sport accessible and affordable to all.
Karren Brady on behalf of the club, has told us of their aspirations for the Stadium and we know first-hand that she and her team have both the passion and the desire to deliver them.
West Ham's bid, if accepted would turn the stadium into a truly multi-use destination that serves its community - a world-class centre for athletics, football and as a cultural and music destination of which the nation can continue to be proud.
Nobody is better placed to deliver the legacy than West Ham United as they have been delivering legacies for London since 1895. The club work hard to serve their community, with over 500,000 of their supporters hailing from the east end of London and the surrounding areas.
We support West Ham United's bid and hope you will join us by getting behind the club's efforts to see the legacy promise delivered and help to really put East London on the map and keep it there.
Thank-you all and best wishes
James Corden - Actor
Ray Winstone - Actor
Mark Hunter - Olympic medallist
Lyn Brown MP - MP West Ham
Stephen Timms - MP East Ham
Jim Fitzpatrick - MP for Poplar and Limehouse
Ben Shepherd - TV presenter
Sally Gunnell - Olympic medallist
Tony Carr MBE - Academy Director
Kevin Murphy - CEO, Excel London
Kevin Jenkins OBE - Co-founder, Community Links
Perry Fenwick - Actor