Between 150 and 250 people covered by some of the worst zombie makeup ever to have been slapped onto a horror geek's face, descended on the streets of Leicester as a reaction to their lack of preparedness for a zombie attack.
The response by Leicester City Council to a freedom of information act request, to find out if the council was prepared for an attack by the undead, has resulted in a mock zombie attack on the streets of Leicester.
The freedom of information request by a 'concerned citizen' to Leicester City CouncilÂ read "Can you please let us know what provisions you have in place in the event of a zombie invasion?Â 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.Please provide any information you may have."
Leicester city Council's head of information governance, Lynn Wyeth said 'We've had a few wacky ones before but this one did make us laugh. To you it might seem frivolous and a waste of time… but to different people it actually means something, Everybody has their own interests and their own reasons for asking these questions."
But it turns out that Leicester City Council has no measures in place to deal with a zombie attack.
This story then prompted a few people on the social networks Facebook and Twitter, (namely a 26 year old Mr James Dixon who is a horror fan and the organiser of the zombie mass shamble), to get together to arrange a date for some slow shuffled movements and the obligatory groaning expected by any self respecting zombie in Leicester.
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.Â "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.Â "A few of us are in the pub now – it's been a really good day."
The mass shamble turned a few heads in Leicester doing their bit, scaring the workers in Leicester city council's offices, the windows of which they pressed their horror make up covered faces against.
The makeup and costumes varied in quality but that was part of the fun of the day and no one was taking the zombie thing too seriously which is part of the attraction to this type of zombie shamble/event.
Don't be mislead by the headline of this article…..this day was a great success and the frivolity of tearing up your old clothes andÂ then putting a bit of cheap face whitener on from a joke shop and some fake blood is always going to be a winner.
But one thing is for certain.
Unless Leicester city council adopts measures to deal with a zombie attack, the city will remain vulnerable to people finding a good excuse to have a fun day out the walking dead.