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Giant fibreglass duck set for Cheadle

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10 FEB

Giant fibreglass duck set for Cheadle

By timesecholife on in All News, Featured News

A community culture project that is taking place across Stoke-on-Trent will see the installation of a giant duck in Cheadle. The Duck About Town initiative is set to see 25 pieces of such artwork made in total, designed in ways that pay tribute to icons of the area.

A community culture project that is taking place across Stoke-on-Trent will see the installation of a giant duck in Cheadle.

The Duck About Town initiative is set to see 25 pieces of such artwork made in total, designed in ways that pay tribute to icons of the area.

Newcastle-under-Lyme is also receiving a duck with the other 23 dotted around the area.

The locations of three of the ducks have already been revealed, the first – named ‘Reggie’ in tribute to spitfire inventor Reginald Mitchell – set to be located at the Potteries Museum in Hanley.

Clarice – in honour of ceramic artist Clarice Cliff – will be installed at Middleport Pottery while finally Terry – in tribute to DJ Terry Bosson – will nest at Potteries Shopping Centre.

Meanwhile, Cheadle’s duck Augustus – after architect Augustus Pugin – will be located on Greyhound Walk once completed.

A date for its installation is yet to be confirmed but all ducks are set to be in place by the school half-term in August.

Community group Creative Cheadle pushed for Cheadle to be included in the project alongside Totally Locally Cheadle and other groups and supporters.

Dee Beardmore took the lead with this, she told the Times & Echo: “I first saw the Duck About Town post on Facebook last year so messaged the organisers directly to ask if we could be part of the trail as Cheadle does come under the Stoke-on-Trent address bracket.

“I visited Liverpool last year and saw their ‘superlambananas’ statues which were really impressive so I’m sure the ducks will be equally so.”

She added: “I’m quite sure that it is going to be a huge tourist attraction with people following the trail of ducks around Stoke-on-Trent.

“It’s taken lots of organising but worth it to be part of this magnificent trail.

“We have been fundraising through our group Creative Cheadle with many local people and businesses kindly contributing to enable us to take part.”

All ducks are set to be auctioned off to raise money to reinvest in the trial but primarily to aid heritage projects, many of which saw sparse financial support throughout the pandemic lockdowns.

Small versions of the ducks are available to buy at www.duckabouttown.co.uk with more of the handheld ornaments set to be available at all 25 locations.

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4 Comments

  • I think tean should have one to remember the Philips family who built the mill and school et etc
    Written by Jan Hawkins, February 13, 2022 - Reply
  • What a great idea to have a duck. . .cheadle usually gets forgotten about so this a great suprise
    Written by callearsharon@gmail.com, February 13, 2022 - Reply
  • I think the handful of people who work tirelessy for the good of Cheadle, and often without any thanks deserve a medal. Dee Beardmore for example is continually coming up with creative ideas to encourage people to come into Cheadle and walk the High Street for the benefit of all businesses. The duck is yet another success of Dee’s…Well Done!
    Written by Hayley Beresford, February 15, 2022 - Reply
  • Fantastic news for Cheadle. A big WELL DONE & huge thanks to Dee,& Creative Cheadle. Who are always putting in a huge amount of effort to make Cheadle look fab and get the town on the tourist map. Congrats to all involved
    Written by Fee, February 15, 2022 - Reply

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