Anti-third runway campaigners have mocked a Valentine's 'Lonely Hearts Ad' made by Back Heathrow, and will spend the day of romance 'adopting' one of the 'Heathrow13' activists facing jail instead.
It is in recognition of the 13 Plane Stupid protesters are awaiting sentences for aggravated trespass, after they blocked the north runway of Heathrow last July.
They will appear at Willesden Magistrates Court on February 24, where all 13 are expected to be handed jail sentences.
They were all found guilty of aggravated trespass and entering a security restricted area on Monday, January 25.
The ‘Adopt an Activist’ Valentine's Day ceremony will take place upstairs in the ancient Five Bells pub in the 11th century Harmondsworth village, a lot of which faces demolition if a new runway is given the go-ahead.
A special Valentine's Day cake will be made for the occasion, with names drawn out of hats to match the residents with the activists.
The residents will write to the activists in jail and in turn, the activists have pledged to back the residents’ fight to stay in their homes.
John Stewart, chair of the HACAN, the campaign group which opposes a new runway, said: “This event should be enormous fun.
"But it has a really serious purpose. It shows the bond of unity there is between the people who put their bodies on the line at Heathrow and the residents who face losing their homes."
'Desperately seeking support'
Stop Heathrow Expansion (SHE) responded to the plea, accusing the group of 'desperately seeking support'.
A SHE spokesperson claimed the Back Heathrow campaigners were 'struggling to fill tiny rooms with supporters'. However, Rob Gray, who fronts the Back Heathrow campaign, responded by saying the group is holding a series of community meetings to which it had welcomed strong numbers.
Stop Heathrow Expansion offered an alternative to their Lonely Hearts Ad, in which it said wording including lines such as "Badly-located airport desperately seeking anyone attracted to insatiable greed and lust for growth" and "Will spend lavishly to buy affection" would be more appropriate.
Nearly 800 homes will need to be demolished for a new runway. But Heathrow has admitted that it might need to buy up a total of almost 4,000 homes as the noise of planes landing and taking off in the nearby communities of Sipson and Harlington might be unbearable.
A government decision on whether to give the green light to a third runway at Heathrow or a second runway at Gatwick is expected in the second half of this year.