A Moorlands town is hoping to join in on a creative city venture which is set to see large ornamental ducks installed across the area. The ‘Duck About Town’ initiative for the Potteries, which has been instigated by artist Megan Poxon, is set to see 20 large ducks installed across the city of Stoke-on-Trent, all celebrating different aspects of the area.
A Moorlands town is hoping to join in on a creative city venture which is set to see large ornamental ducks installed across the area.
The ‘Duck About Town’ initiative for the Potteries, which has been instigated by artist Megan Poxon, is set to see 20 large ducks installed across the city of Stoke-on-Trent, all celebrating different aspects of the area.
And now, the volunteer groups Creative Cheadle and Totally Locally Cheadle are hoping to get on board by fundraising for Cheadle related ducks for the Moorlands town – including one focusing on architect Augustus Pugin.
A spokesman for Totally Locally Cheadle said: “We are in the process of being part of this very exciting project throughout Stoke-on-Trent.
“Our very own Augustus duck to commemorate the work in Cheadle by Pugin.
“A similar thing has been done in other major towns/cities very successfully. Worcester had the Elephant Parade; Sheffield and Bristol did a bear trail; Worcester also giraffes stand tall.
“We are aiming for (our Pugin Duck) to be situated on Greyhound Walk but awaiting to hear back from SMDC as it’s their land.
“We have started to gather some funds via Creative Cheadle group from a few local businesses but we are no where near reaching our target yet, this is where we need your help to help our town.
“Any donation big or small would be a help towards the total amount needed to get our duck and each donors name would be listed on a plaque next to the duck which would stay in place for five years being replaced by a new duck every year with the old ones being auctioned off for charity.”
A spokesman for Creative Cheadle, who are also planning a number of other initiatives for the Moorlands town, said: “Our town group Creative Cheadle have some exciting projects in the pipeline this winter and we are looking for sponsorship from local businesses to enable us to help fund them if possible.
“We have Santa’s Grotto at the Tudor House on November 20, and also a group together Christmas Bollard Bomb following the huge success of the one we organised in the summer.
“We are also wanting to put Cheadle on the map by taking part in an exciting new project taking place around Stoke-on-Trent which will see large two metre by three metre duck statues being situated within towns.
“Ours would represent the world renowned architect Augustus Pugin for his splendid work of St Giles church, Cheadle.”
Dee Beardmore, who heads Creative Cheadle, added: “It’s all looking good but lots of things to get sorted. It will be an amazing tourist pull for the town.
“If we can get them funded we could have a collection of ducks. A few townsfolk seem keen to include a Mary Adele Blagg (astronomer) and Joey (JCB) and Alton Towers duck if sponsors and locations can be found.”
Town and district councillor Gary Bentley who is fully backing the creative initiative, has said he has helped bring in some of the sponsors so far. He told the Times & Echo: “I am quite uplifted that so many businesses have already said they want to support Creative Cheadle with having this put in place in town.
“I just hope they can get the permission to put it in Greyhound Walk where they would ideally like to see it go.”
Dee added: “It’s great such a lot of people have been very helpful with spreading the word and sourcing funding. The ducks cost £2,000 each.”
Any business wishing to sponsor the Duck About Town initiative for Cheadle, can find out more and get in contact to donate, via the Creative Cheadle Staffs Facebook page, or by popping in to see Dee at Reedeezine in Tudor House, High Street, Cheadle.
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