Villagers came together to celebrate their “home, community and future”, and take a stand against Heathrow's expansion plans, through art.
Children of the Heathrow villages took part in a Harts community art project which saw them making flags to put up in their local area, under the theme of 'home'.
The flags, as well as the first in a series of murals, was unveiled at the 'Flag it Up' parade on Friday (May 29).
Rose Wood, co-founder of Harts, thought the day was a great success in making a stand against the third runway.
She said: “The show of community spirit was incredible. This is our home and community and we're not going to let the airport try and expand in our home.”
“The airports air quality consultation closed today so it was a really good juxtaposition of this community event.”
The day saw the community parading through the villages, starting on the Harmondsworth green, stopping at Sipson, and ending with a celebration under the mural at St Peter and St Paul's Church Hall in Harlington.
Flags made by the children could be seen dotted around the villages attached to lampposts.
Ms Wood added: “The children gave really positive feedback saying they loved the flag-making and they loved the whole day.
"It's incredibly empowering for them to see their work up on the roads in their villages in their community.”
'Let's get on with it'
Residents of all ages enjoyed food, music, and activities as well as hearing speeches from campaign groups.
Speaking on the day, John Stewart, chair of HACAN, said: “The colourful parade through Harmondsworth and the other villages showed just how much local people value their communities.
"If a third runway goes ahead at Heathrow, at least 700 homes would be demolished and people in the remaining houses will be faced with a lifetime of pollution and noise. Today showed they have the spirit to resist it.”
Matt Gorman, sustainability and environment director, said: “The Airports Commission Air Quality analysis has confirmed an expanded Heathrow will go beyond meeting local air quality limits.
"We worked with local communities and campaign groups so that our new approach to Heathrow expansion would deliver the right environmental solution as well as the right solution for the economy. Now let’s get on with it."
The Flag it up project is part of a wider series of community projects including murals, Harts are looking for artists local people get involved. If you're interested get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website.