Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Telford penguins refuse to be cowed

More news of the climate campaigners who were asked to leave a Telford park after dressing as penguins and handing out leaflets.

That original newspaper report has led to lively exchanges in the comments. My own favourite runs:
How ridiculous! when people have been mugged in Hollinswood and Wellington……… that’s what we need to be monitoring, not innocent people in penguin suits .
Today the Shropshire Star reports:

Environmental campaigners who had dressed as penguins today defied a ban on handing out leaflets without permission in Telford Town Park.

Rachel Whittaker, of Wellington, was thrown out of the park last week after being told she needed permission, a criminal records bureau check and a risk assessment, before she would be allowed to distribute her leaflets on climate change.

But today she risked being ejected again, after deciding to finish giving out the 200 leaflets she has had printed. Joined by campaigner Graham Bunn, of Madeley, the pair vowed to stay until the job was done.

The 34-year-old once again donned a penguin beak and yellow flippers to highlight the plight of penguins and how they are affected by climate change.

Thanks to the Star for the photograph too.

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