Everglades goes quackers over missing ‘Culture Duck’

The 'Culture Duck' at the Everglades Hotel has gone missing. A reward is being offered for its safe return.
The 'Culture Duck' at the Everglades Hotel has gone missing. A reward is being offered for its safe return.

A reward is being offered for the safe return of a three-foot high ‘Culture Duck’ which has gone missing from the Everglades Hotel.

The Culture Duck, which “lived” on the piano in the hotel foyer, went missing this week.

The duck - a talking point for guests and visitors to the hotel - was created to celebrate Derry’s City of Culture status.

Neil Devlin, the hotel’s general manager, said: “The Culture Duck has been a vocal point of our City of Culture celebrations. At Hastings Hotels, we are well known for our quirky ducks so we thought it was only right to have a special duck to celebrate Derry’s big year.

“Our Culture Duck has sat on the piano since January and has greeted all of our guests and a host of celebrities, including the Northern Ireland football manager Michael O’Neill, X Factor star Janet Devlin and rapper Wretch 32.

“There are mini versions of the ducks left for guests in their bedrooms to take home with them, but people also love getting their picture taken with the three-foot tall Culture Duck which is great as it provides people with lasting memories of Derry’s year as the UK City of Culture.

“As well as being a part of our family, it is also a part of our community as it was designed by Georgia Archibald, from Limavady Grammar School, who won the Design a Culture Duck competition we ran last year with all of the local schools.

“We are offering a reward for the safe return of our Culture Duck and are urging anyone who knows anything about its whereabouts to get in touch with us on Tel: 028 71321066.”