Presents including a toy demolition truck and a Mr Noisy book were among those bought to a mock celebration of Heathrow’s 70th birthday yesterday.

The “celebration” took place in the village of Harmondsworth, most of which would be demolished should a third runway be constructed at the airport.

The campaigners planted 783 black planes in the village green to represent the number of houses that would be demolished in order to make way for expansion.

Chairman of anti-expansion group Hacan, John Stewart, said: “Heathrow at 70 should not get any larger.

"We are looking for a better, not bigger airport.”

The Government is expected to make a decision over the third runway in the months after the EU referendum, having delayed the decision earlier in the year.