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Giant mistletoe at Heathrow Airport

27 November, 2009


The world's largest sprig of mistletoe has been unveiled at Heathrow Terminal 5.

The world’s largest sprig of mistletoe has been unveiled at Heathrow Terminal 5.  The ten foot by eight foot structure which took three weeks to construct weighs 43kg and includes more than 50 feet of steel tubing and 25 stainless steel balls.

The giant mistletoe, which is suspended just three metres from the ground, was created to enable the one million passengers expected to arrive into Terminal 5 in December the chance to share a truly memorable moment with their loved ones.  It is hoped that more than two million Christmas kisses will take place under the mistletoe over the coming month.  To ensure no one misses out on the yuletide tradition, other giant mistletoe will also be installed in Terminals 1, 3 and 4.

Christmas is always a busy time at Heathrow, and this year is no exception.  The airport is anticipating almost three million passengers will fly into Heathrow in the lead up to Christmas and nearly half a million between Saturday 19th December and Thursday 24th December alone.

Mike Brown, Heathrow’s chief operating officer, said: “Heathrow is very often the place where friends and lovers are reunited at Christmas, or where people start their long journeys home to loved ones. We hope our giant mistletoe bring some added Christmas cheer and excitement to journeys taken over the festive period.”

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