Thousands of people will hit the streets of London tonight dressed in an array of colourful bras. Moonwalk 2013 will take place in Battersea Park where entrants can either power walk their way through a half or full marathon.
The event has been organised by Walk the Walk, a charity which raises money for vital breast cancer causes, while encouraging men and women to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Famous walkers who'll be attending include TV presenters, Penny Smith and Janet Ellis, actress Emma Kennedy and singer Alison Moyet .The theme this year is outer space, so anything extra terrestrial or science fiction based goes.
Thousands of walkers are expected to do the walk in bras covered with things associated with aliens, astronauts and much more.Since its launch 17 years ago, Walk the Walk has raised over £85 million for vital breast causes.
When the sun finally decided to appear today, it was a relief to workers at London attractions like Battersea Park Zoo, who have struggled with unusually low numbers of Easter visitors. Families have stayed away due to the cold, but organisers hope that improving weather will help numbers pick up.
Wandsworth Council has sent these photos of the mess left by squatters at the Battersea Park Adventure Playground.
The protest group was occupying the playground to try to stop workmen moving in to knock it down, which they began to do today.
In a statement, the council said
"The squatters have vandalised furniture and ransacked the single storey play building within the playground site. A sofa has been spray painted with obscene anti-police messages, while filing cabinets have been emptied and furniture and other fixtures left damaged
Mess and dirt has been spread over floors. The clean-up operation is an extra burden for local taxpayers who have already been landed with a £30,000 bill as a result of the squatters’ unlawful occupation of the playground."
Workmen have begun dismantling Battersea Park Adventure Playground. The site was closed by Wandsworth council last October despite local opposition. The council now plans to install £200,000 worth of new play equipment which will not require staff supervision.
Wandsworth Council has welcomed the eviction of the protesters who were occupying Battersea Park playground. They say they can now begin the £200,000 redevelopment of the site but the protest has cost Wandsworth taxpayers £30,000.
"The presence of the squatters was preventing these improvement works from beingcarried out and jeopardising our plans to reopen it at the start of the school Easter holiday. These unnecessary delays coupled with the legal and policingcosts have left taxpayers with a £30,000 bill, which will have to be met fromexisting budgets and unfortunately this could have a knock-on effect onservices to young people in the area."
Wandsworth Council has evicted a group of protesters who had occupied a playground in Battersea Park. They had taken over the site after the council planned to redevelop it as an unsupervised facility.
However, Wandsworth Council say they could no longer afford to keep supervisors at the playground and add that the new replacement facility would be enjoyed by children.