Climate change, increasing noise pollution and congestion have united
environmental groups and more than 20 councils against the government-backed BAA
plan for a third runway and a sixth terminal.
More than 3,000 turned out for what was dubbed the Make A Noise Carnival,
walking from Hatton Cross in west London to Sipson, the village that will be
obliterated if the planned third runway goes ahead.
The mood was jocular and good humoured, despite the strong feelings the proposed
expansion has evoked.
In a village field, as bands played, the protestors gathered to form a huge NO,
which they expected to be visible from passing aircraft.
Many came in fancy dress and on stilts and paraded behind brass bands.
John Stewart, chairman of Heathrow anti-noise and anti-expansion group Hacan
said: "Heathrow has never before seen a spectacle like this. Coaches have come
from as far away as Manchester and ...