Lancashire duck trail ready to roost

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A flock of giant ducks has been given a fresh lick of paint ready for a summer charity tour.

With the support of a host of celebrities, talented students at Preston’s College have finished transforming 11 four-foot-six ducks into quirky creations.

The artwork is part of a commission which will see 24 ducks dotted in top tourist hot spots across the county as part of a charity duck trail.

The figures have been painted by first year art and design students at the Fulwood college and will be auctioned off in October to help raise money for three cancer charities - Mackmillan Cancer Support, Clic Sargent and Marie Curie Cancer Cure.

Chorley comedian Dave Spikey designed a Puddle (Pirate) Duck which will be based at Botany Bay in Chorley while Lancashire designer Wayne Hemingway’s duck is called a Flock of Fonts and will roost at Barton Grange, near Preston.

Linda Lusardi, Mike Dilger, Paul Akister and Blackburn Rovers legend David Dunn have also designed ducks that will stay in the sites across Lancashire all summer.

The first 11 will have flown into their chosen perches by June 20 and the remaining 13 ducks, including Preston St George’s and Fishergate centre’s creations, are yet to be designed.

A spokesman for said: “Each of the 20 ducks has been personally designed by celebrities and the money raised will go to three amazing Cancer charities that provide help and support for the one in three people that are diagnosed with Cancer.”

Corrie star Jane Danson, who plays Leanne Tilsley on the long running soap has backed the campaign.

Jane’s chosen figure is called Rainbow Duck and will be based at 315 Health Club in Lancaster.

She said: “This cause is close to my heart as I lost my dad to cancer six years ago and the Macmillan nurses not only gave wonderful support to my dad in his final days but also wonderful support to us as we grieved.

“They talked and listened, cared and supported us and we are eternally grateful.”

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