Duck mania flies in to city centre

Eyup: The giant ducks are part of a charity campaign
Eyup: The giant ducks are part of a charity campaign
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A flock of giant ducks are set to invade Lancashire this summer.

Twenty-four ducks will be dotted across the county in top tourist spots in a scheme that could raise millions for charity.

Quackers idea: The ducks are arriving at Preston's colege as part of the fundraising drive backed by Emmerdale actress Emma Atkins, who plays Charity Dingle

Quackers idea: The ducks are arriving at Preston's colege as part of the fundraising drive backed by Emmerdale actress Emma Atkins, who plays Charity Dingle

Eleven landed in Preston’s College yesterday and 
talented art students will paint the four-foot-six models in a range of designs.

Keep your eyes peeled for the giant ducks popping up in Preston city centre.

The finished designs will roost in the Fishgate Centre, the St Geoerge’s Centre and in Barton Grange, Garstang Road, Brock, Preston.

One duck will fly in to Botany Bay, Chorley before all 24 will be auctioned off for the projects three charities – Mackmillan Cancer Support, Clic Sargent and Marie Curie Cancer Cure at the end of October in Blackpool.

Sue Swire from the organisers aquaducked.co.uk believes the artistic tour will be a success.

She said: “The ducks have been sent to Preston’s 
College and each duck will be designed by three students.

“They will paint them and they should be finished by Thursday.

“They will go on show next week and we hope people will embrace them.”

Christine Stamford programme team leader for creative and digital arts at Preston’s college is excited by the project.

She said: “Our first year art and design level three students are painting the ducks.

“They are really excited especially as they will get to work with celebrities.

“Our curriculum has a lot of work based elements and the student have already tackled some live projects and they are looking forward to the challenge.”

The University of Central Lancashire helped design the first duck on the tour – “Giggles”.

Emmerdale’s Emma Atkins – who plays Charity Dingle in the soap – chose a superhero theme for the duck that will be based at Leighton Hall, Carnforth near Lancaster.

And Suzie Reynolds, owner of the hall praised the fundraising idea. She said: “The ducks are a very novel and fun way of raising money and awareness and I am sure that all our visitors will show their support.”

And Sue expects a top secret celebrity to sponsor the ducks that will be placed around Preston.

She said: “We are just starting to see people, we are talking to local celebrities like Dave Spikey, Jane Danson and Wayne Hemmingway. We are hoping to assign a different celebrity to each duck and we might even see some local football clubs getting involved.

For more information visit: www.aquaducked.co.uk/events/lancaster/the-duck-trail/