The Deepdale Duck put his webbed feet up for a well deserved rest this week after a marathon tour of Lancashire spreading the word about Preston North End.
PNE’s feathered mascot visited 233 primary schools in the county in just four-and-a-half days.
He was promoting next month’s home game against MK Dons which falls just two days after Sir Tom Finney’s 90th birthday.
North End have designated it as a ‘PNE Day’ to help the birthday celebrations, with tickets discounted to £10 adults, £5 concessions and £2 under-16s.
Gary Robinson, the club’s community manager, said: “The challenge for the Duck was to visit as many primary schools in our catchment area as possible in four-and-a-half days.
“It’s a huge area but he was ready to give it a go, and he visited 233 schools, travelling 673 miles in the process.
“He was on the road at 7.30am each morning to catch the breakfast clubs at schools and worked pretty much non-stop. The only breaks he had was for some bread and water supplied by our sponsors Spar.
“At each school, the Duck got a hero’s welcome.
“And whether it was at Leck in the north of the county or down at Coppull or Adlington in the south, the respect for Sir Tom was amazing.
“Even though it’s over 50 years since he retired, the children knew all about him and what a wonderful player he was.”
Journey’s end came at Holme Slack Primary School, just down the road from the Duck’s spirtual home at Deepdale. Robinson said: “The Duck got quite emotional when he drove into the playground at Holme Slack and there were 200 children there waving flags and cheering him. He had to wipe away a few tears with his wings as he crossed the finishing-line.
“Deepdale Duck is now looking forward to seeing the children he visited at the MK Dons game on April 7.”