Fathers’ rights campaigners postponed their latest stunt to transform two historic hillside giants into Batmen – after an appeal from a Scout.
Controversial campaign group New Fathers 4 Justice planned to cover the Long Man of Wilmington in Sussex and the Cerne Abbas Giant in Dorset with a cape and a Batman mask this weekend. But the protest against family law has been halted after the group received an emotional letter from a Scout whose parents are going through a bitter divorce.
The teenager, from Hellingly Scouts, in Hailsham, East Sussex, helped restore the Long Man in 2013 and wrote an impassioned appeal to the campaigners not to damage it.
A spokesman for New Fathers 4 Justice said: “Last week we received an appeal from a young man from Hellingly Scout pack. He told us that at the time his parents were going through a divorce, and explained how belonging to the Scout movement had helped him when no one wanted to listen to him. His request was for us not to damage the Long Man which was important to him.”
The Cerne Abbas Giant, in Dorset, is a 180ft-tall chalk outline of a man sporting a club. It and the 227-ft tall Long Man of Wilmington, in West Sussex, are of debated origins but experts suspect they were crafted in the 17th century.
NF4J, a splinter group of Fathers4Justice UK that wants equal custody of children for parents regardless of sex, previously ignored protests from the Sussex Archaeological Society, which preserves the Long Man.
A spokesman for the archaeologists said: “The Long Man is a fragile and irreplaceable element of our cultural heritage located in an extremely sensitive environment where even minor erosions can cause long term damage.”