Ducks restored after fowl play

An Ironbridge art trail that was disrupted by vandalism has seen local people unite to overcome the damage done. Ducks Lady Victoria and Peace Duck both suffered at the hands of vandals after going on display, but community members have pulled together with organisers to restore them to their former glory.

Organiser Julie Wards says, “Peace Duck, who was removed from his setting and thrown into the Severn, has been returned to his rightful place. Local artist Nicky Meechan restored the duck, along with designer Amber Whitaker (12) from Charlton School, who was devastated by the incident.

“It’s so upsetting as this is costing a lot of money. Repairs to damage to Lady Victoria were funded by an anonymous supporter but we’ve had to cover the costs of repairs to Peace Duck, which has a knock-on effect on the amount we can give to charity when the ducks are finally auctioned off. There has been overwhelming community support, though, and positivity is winning!”

There is a £500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for damage to Peace Duck – call 101 quoting crime reference 1505200518 or call Julie on 07966 520537 if you are able to offer any information about the incident. The ducks will be moving off to Telford on Saturday 14 July – they fly out of Ironbridge on Sunday 8 July.

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