A quacker of an idea to raise vital money

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Entertainers are used to being top of the bill...but how did they fare when challenged to design them?

Showbusiness stars from across Lancashire have helped draw up their own creations as part of a very unusual tourism drive across the county – a string of seven foot tall ducks.

Fylde coast celebrities DJ Danny Howard and West End star Jodie Prenger are among those to have taken part in the project, which will see the ducks placed at various attractions in Blackpool as part of a trail around the county of Lancashire’s biggest draws.

Model Linda Lusardi

designed the ducks for Blackpool Zoo and Sandcastle, while Radio 1 DJ Danny’s will be on show at the Sea Life

Centre. Each designer was asked to theme their duck, and Jodie opted to name her Pleasure Beach creation Giggles. She said: “I love the sound of laughter and giggles.

“You know that sound, that’s funnier than the joke itself.

“My inspiration behind Giggles is just that.

“Blackpool for me has seen a vast line-up of famous folk throughout the years who have entertained us and made us giggle.

“I thought it would be fun for all the family to see the smiles from some of the

celebrities who have appeared in Blackpool.”

The quacky scheme is the brainchild of Lancaster-based cancer charity Aquaducked, along with Marketing Lancashire, and will see the ducks stationed outside 20 attractions across the county. They will be put on show at the attractions over the summer before being auctioned off at a dinner to be held at the Pleasure Beach’s Paradise room in October.

The money raised will be split between Marie Curie Cancer Support, Macmillan Cancer Care and CLIC Sargent, a charity for children with cancer.

Linda Lusardi, who has also been a star of stage and screen, said: “I am delighted to be involved in such a unique and fun way to raise money for three very worthy causes.”

For more information about the scheme visit www.aquaducked.co.uk.

The Paradise Room auction takes place on October 25. Tickets are £45 each or £400 to host a table of 10.