Fylde stars doodle for charity

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ORVILLE the duck can finally fly after soaring through the sky in a charity doodle.

The loveable duck’s Poulton-based creator, Keith Harris, is one of hundreds of celebrities who have let their imaginations run wild for National Doodle Day.

Soap star Hayley Tamaddon, from Bispham, and Blackpool Illuminations designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen have also got in on the doodling act in aid of Epilepsy Action.

And for Keith – who also created Cuddles – the chance to get drawing for a good cause was one not to be missed.

“One of my favourite subjects was drawing and it was the only thing I was good at,” said Keith, who has just finished performing panto in Birmingham with Orville.

“I’m always sketching things. I’m Orville’s daddy, I designed him in the first instance. He was my vision when I first sketched him in 1970 and there he is still a living legend.”

Photo : Ian Robinson'Farmer Ian Pye, from Old Holly Farm in Cabus, who has set up a twitter account for one of his cows, Lefty

Photo : Ian Robinson'Farmer Ian Pye, from Old Holly Farm in Cabus, who has set up a twitter account for one of his cows, Lefty

Keith has put pen to paper for National Doodle Day before, and this time he decided to give his famous duck the ultimate gift – a parachute that means he can fly.

He said: “Everybody loves Orville and he can’t fly, but he wishes he could. So he can with a parachute.

“We’ve done lots of charity over the years and must have raised millions of pounds. It’s quite nice to have something you do yourself to send off and they appreciate it.”

All the celebrity doodles are being auctioned off on eBay to raise money for Epilepsy Action and the Doodle Day website showcases artwork from well-known faces including Fearne Cotton, Joanna Lumley and Tim Henman. And everyone is being encouraged to get doodling for the Doodle Day competition.

Philippa Cartwright, fundraising events manager at Epilepsy Action, said: “It’s a fantastic, fun event and absolutely anyone can take part.

“Taking just five minutes out of your day to get creative can make all the difference to the half a million people living with this complex neurological condition. So please put your pen to paper and get doodling!”

The eBay auction runs until February 21 and doodlers have until Friday, March 25 to get involved in the competition.

Log on to www.nationaldoodleday.org.uk for more information.