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Amazing street artist Ben Eine is making 'Welcome Home' banners for Heathrow visitors

By Matt Breen

'Driving home for Christmas, I can't wait to see their faces...' So sang croaking schmaltz merchant Chris Rea. But has anyone given a thought to those flying home for Christmas? London-based street artist Ben Eine certainly has.

On Tuesday, he set up shop at Heathrow Airport, creating hand-made banners for people to hold up in the arrivals lounge for the friends, family and loved ones. They're still available at various terminals for the next few days. And in the festive spirit, they're free of charge – although donations are more than welcome, since they'll be going to Oxfam. You can even download them from Heathrow's website to print out yourself. And they're even running a competition, in which 20 lucky people can win a personalised banner created by Ben.

So if you've got your nearest and dearest touching down in Heathrow during that time, you know what to do. Head over, pick up a sign and show some Christmassy love.

Ben Eine's banners will be available at select times and locations at Heathrow Airport until Dec 10. For more info, go to


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