The missing Everglades Hotel ‘Culture Duck’ is home safe and sound after being ‘ducknapped’ and taken to England by a group of pranksters.
Neil Devlin, General Manager of the Derry hotel, was spitting feathers after realising someone had waddled off with the hotel’s much-loved duck which was proudly displayed in the hotel foyer.
However, after reading about the duck’s disappearance, eagle-eyed Deputy Mayor of Craigavon, Councillor Colin McCusker, spotted the duck boarding an Aer Lingus flight to London at Belfast City Airport and informed the Everglades Hotel staff straight away.
The lucky duck was eventually tracked down and flown back on the same Aer Lingus service from Gatwick.
Neil Devlin said: “We’d like to thank Councillor McCusker for helping reunite us with our Culture Duck and bringing it home to roost.”
The Craigavon Deputy Mayor said: “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this duck boarding the plane. It really stood out as an unusual and oversized piece of hand luggage... I am over the moon that I have been able to reunite the Culture Duck with the Everglades Hotel.”