17th September 2005

SSE wins prize for best float at Dunmow Carnival

The Stop Stansted Expansion float whose theme was “Worth Fighting To Save” carried off first prize at the Dunmow Carnival on Saturday (17 September) for the best non-commercial float in the annual parade.

More than 20 children dressed in animal and flower masks rode on the float which was designed as a country scene to highlight not only the wildlife at risk but the importance of preserving the environment locally and globally for future generations. A dozen adults walked alongside, handing out leaflets calling on the community to become members in support of the campaign group’s efforts to prevent the unsustainable expansion of Stansted Airport.

The team responsible for designing and making the float was led by Caroline Barrett, Sarah Cousins, Jackie Deane, Laurie Traquair, Maggie Sutton and her daughters and Toni Piatkowski. It is the third time that SSE has taken part in the carnival.

Commenting on the success of the SSE float, Campaign Director Carol Barbone said: “We were bowled over by the tremendous support given to SSE at the carnival. There was enormous recognition from the community that expansion on the existing runway – never mind a second runway – would severely compromise the quality of life in Dunmow as well as further afield. The determination of local people in opposing BAA’s plans so clearly reinforced by those we met on Saturday is not to be underestimated.”

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Campaigning against proposals to expand Stansted Airport