Visitors to Leighton Hall this year will be surprised to find a giant duck trying to get into the Tea Rooms!
The Gillow family are proud to welcome a giant AquaDuck to their home, in support of Macmillan, CLIC Sargent and Marie Curie Cancer Care. The 4ft 6” AquaDuck has been designed by Emmerdale’s own Charity Dingle, and is just one of 24 ducks that are all located at different top tourist spots in Lancashire, which helps to showcase the best attractions that Lancashire has to offer.
It is no surprise to find Leighton Hall on the duck trail, as it is a genuinely stunning location for the AquaDuck to be sited. The Hall, still the lived in home of the Gillow furniture making family, opened its’ doors to the public on 1st May, and the giant duck already nicknamed “Giggles” by the team, will soon be in residence in the tea room gardens for all to see.
The idea of aquaducked.co.uk is that the ducks are decorated locally after being awarded with a “theme” by a celebrity. Emma Atkins who plays Charity Dingle in ITV’s Emmerdale is a local Silverdale girl and has kindly given her time to the project choosing a “Superhero” theme for Leighton’s duck, which will be decorated by students from UCLAN.
Giggles the Super Duck will actually arrive at Leighton at the beginning of June and stay throughout the summer season. In mid-October the duck will migrate to Blackpool where all 24 ducks will be auctioned off for the three aforementioned charities.
Suzie Reynolds, Owner of the Hall said “We pride ourselves in supporting local charities, as well as supporting local people that are raising awareness of national charities within the local community, for the work and support they provide. The Ducks are a very novel and fun way of raising money and awareness and I am sure that all our visitors will show their support.”
Details of the many other fun events that are happening as part of the AquaDucked project as well as a comprehensive list of where the 24 ducks are located can be found on the official website – www.aquaducked.co.uk/events/lancaster/the-duck-trail/, so why not go quackers and join in!
Leighton Hall is open weekday afternoons (Tues – Fri 2pm – 5pm), May – September. Admission Adults: £7.75, Concessions: £6.75, Children age 5 – 12, £4.95