What a send off! Neil Keveren begins 23-day walk to Scotland

Local man Neil Keveren today began a walk from his home in Harmondsworth, one of the villages that would be demolished if a third runway at Heathrow was built, to Edinburgh in an attempt to raise awareness of the campaign and prevent his home and community from being destroyed by Heathrow's bulldozers.

Neil was joined by a 50-strong group of well-wishers on Tuesday morning, which included Zac Goldsmith, Hillingdon Council Leader Ray Puddifoot, West Drayton Councillor Dominic Gilham and representatives from other campaign groups such as Teddington Action Group, Airport Watch and HACAN.

Neil left his partner, Emma, and their youngest child, Millie, at noon to embark on the 394-mile expedition. He was joined for the first stretch by a group of residents who would also lose their homes. One Longford resident spent the entire day with Neil, walking 20 miles to Chesham, where Neil will spend the first night.

Dozens of well-wishers, including Zac Goldsmithm Hillingdon Council Leader Ray Puddifoot, local residents and campaigners joined Neil in Harmondsworth Village on Tuesday morning as he left for Scotland.

Dozens of well-wishers, including Zac Goldsmithm Hillingdon Council Leader Ray Puddifoot, local residents and campaigners joined Neil in Harmondsworth Village on Tuesday morning as he left for Scotland.

Neil outside his home with his partner Emma and daughter Millie

Neil outside his home with his partner Emma and daughter Millie

Photographs in this article are courtesy of local photographer Alan West