| Press Release - 26 May 2009
SCILLY CHEQUE WITH SERIOUS MESSAGE
The villagers of Duton Hill handed over a rather unusual cheque to Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) at the weekend - on the back of a young Labrador called Scilly.
The donation represented the proceeds from two recent events organised by the Duton Hill Community Association under the guiding hand of Three Horseshoes landlord, Derek Connell - the May Day Sunday Fun Day and a Quiz Night. Together, the proceeds amounted to £1,601.
SSE's Community Representative Maggie Sutton who had also been actively involved in the Fun Day was on hand to collect the cheque, alongside Derek Connell, Dennis Parker (Fun Day Treasurer) and Alan Spinks (Master of Ceremonies) - though she dutifully returned the bearer of the cheque to her local owner after carefully detaching the promissory note!
Duton Hill is at severe risk from proposals for enlarging the airport and its residents would be badly overflown if plans for a second runway were to go ahead. Its Community Association has played a very active part in campaigning against BAA's plans and remains vigilant to the ongoing threat.
Speaking at the cheque presentation which took place during the Duton Hill Beer Festival, Derek Connell said: "We take the threat of major expansion at Stansted very seriously because of the impact it would have on the people of this village. We are also mindful of the serious effects of village life and rural pastimes across much of this area and of the wider environmental consequences, especially global warming, if BAA's plans were allowed to proceed."
(L to R) Derek Connell, Dennis Parker, Maggie Sutton and Alan Spinks with Scilly the dog
Scilly the Labrador: Renowned for her obedience (but not necessarily in front of the camera)
Carol Barbone, Campaign Director, SSE: M 0777 552 3091, firstname.lastname@example.org