PNE star backs Lancashire giant duck campaign to support charities

Preston North End player Will Hayhurst signing the PNE giant Aquaduck that will be based in the Fishergate Centre, Preston.

Preston North End player Will Hayhurst signing the PNE giant Aquaduck that will be based in the Fishergate Centre, Preston.

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Forget Deepdale Duck now Preston North End have a new feathered friend.

A giant duck had been given a PNE theme coat of paint and has just landed at Preston’s Fishergate centre.

PNE mascot Deepdale Duck was not on hand to meet his latest rival but North End star Will Hayhurst popped by to unveil the seven-foot duck, one of 11 dotted across the county for Aquaducked’s charity duck trail.

And a spokesman for the Fishergate centre said the duck is already a ‘selfie’ hit.

They said: “We’re really happy to be a part of it, especially since all the proceeds go to some brilliant charities.

“Our PNE duck is proving popular with shoppers and fans who love taking photos with him to share on social media.”

Managing director of charity event organisers Aquaducked, Barry Cole is pleased that homegrown PNE winger Hayhurst has joined celebrities Dave Spikey, Wayne Hemingway and Linda Lusardi by backing the duck tour.

He said: “This is our latest charity project consisting of fabulous fun, bright, colourful seven foot ducks within the Lancashire Tourist Trail which we have been running since the summer.

“Following the signing of the PNE duck by Will Hayhurst all eleven ducks are now hatched, matched and dispatched.” All 11 ducks were designed at Preston’s College, Fulwood and at the University of Central Lancashire.

The ducks will be auctioned off in February next year and all proceeds will go towards three cancer charities - MacMillan Cancer Care, Clic Sargent and Marie Curie.

Chorley based comedian Spikey unveiled his duck, Puddle, at Botany Bay, Chorley in November.

And the star - who is known for his role in Peter Kay’s TV comedy series Phoenix Nights - jumped on board to help the charities.

He said: “I was delighted to design the duck, it’s a fun, family friendly initiative which also helps the three nominated cancer charities, which are close to my heart”