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Greygor
06-17-2011, 02:28 AM
Zombie enthusiasts are planning to "attack" Leicester a week after the city council admitted it was unprepared for an invasion of the living dead.

James Dixon, 26, had the idea after a "concerned citizen" used a Freedom of Information request to ask how the council would tackle a zombie attack.

He said Saturday's event - organised on Facebook - was initially just a way to catch up with a few friends.

A small horde of almost 200 "zombies" is now expected to descend on the city.

The story that a member of the public had raised concerns about Leicester's "zombie readiness" became a hit on social networking sites.

The Freedom of Information request stated: "Having watched several films it is clear that preparation for such an event is poor and one that councils throughout the kingdom must prepare for."


'After-apocalypse party'

Mr Dixon said: "I saw the story trending on Twitter and thought it was really funny that someone had FOI'd that information, and that the council had taken in it a quite a good-humoured way.

"I jokingly tweeted that this is our chance to attack, which was quite well received."

Leicester City Council has not commented about how it will cope with the arrival of several dozen shuffling undead.

Its head of information governance Lynn Wyeth said last week that the original Freedom of Information [FOI] request had made them laugh.

"Everybody has their own interests and their own reasons for asking these questions," she said.

Mr Dixon said he had put some serious thought into the organisation of the event, which has a "strictly zombie" dress code and is likely to be followed by an "after-apocalypse" party.

"There's a pub that has offered the zombies refuge after our 'attack', so we'll probably do that," he said.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-13790428

I wonder if the number will rise after the Twitter/Facebook mentions

Forrest
06-17-2011, 04:46 AM
That's pretty awesome!

I can't wait to see pictures and video of the event.

dasNdanger
06-17-2011, 07:26 AM
Huh. Better send in the Saracens because Leicester ain't winning this one, either. ;)

(That's my own inside joke... :p )


das

Prime
06-18-2011, 10:00 AM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-13823427


Zombie fans invade 'unprepared' Leicester

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/53501000/jpg/_53501269_53499424.jpg The zombies "pressed themselves against the windows" at the council offices
Just a week after Leicester's civic leaders admitted they were unprepared for a zombie invasion, a horde of the "undead" has shuffled through the city.
About 150 people in horror make-up took part in the "mass shamble", according to organiser James Dixon.
The mob "groaned and pressed themselves on the glass" at the council's offices.
It followed news last week that a "concerned citizen" had used a Freedom of Information request to ask how the authority would tackle a zombie attack.
Continue reading the main story (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-13823427#story_continues_1) http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/53501000/jpg/_53501270_53499428.jpg
News that Leicester was unprepared for the living dead spread quickly on social networking sites


Council 'unprepared' for zombies (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-13713798)


The inquiry stated: "Having watched several films it is clear that preparation for such an event is poor and one that councils throughout the kingdom must prepare for."
Leicester City Council conceded it had no specific emergency plans in place, but said the request had "made them laugh".
The story became a hit on social networking sites, and prompted Mr Dixon to organise Saturday's event on Facebook.
What started as a "small gathering for friends" eventually attracted more widespread interest, and dozens of enthusiasts gathered at the city's clock tower at noon.
Mr Dixon said: "We went for a shamble. We shambled from the clock to the city council offices - about half a mile through the city centre.
"There were just a couple of security guards at the building. We didn't try to get inside - just pressed ourselves up against the glass like zombies do.
"A few of us are in the pub now - it's been a really good day."

Ashwin Pande
06-18-2011, 10:08 AM
I know. Nerds are the worst.