The missing Everglades Hotel ‘Culture Duck’ is home safe and sound after being ‘ducknapped’ and taken to England by a group of pranksters.
The duck was spotted by the eagle-eyed Deputy Mayor of Craigavon, Councillor Colin McCusker, at Belfast City Airport boarding an Aer Lingus flight to Gatwick and, thanks to his birdseye vision, there was no need to call in the old bill as the duck-nappers who took the three-foot Culture Duck handed it over.
The Culture Duck, which normally lives on the piano in the foyer of the Derry hotel, enjoyed a flight to London but, once Aer Lingus was made aware it had been taken without permission, they offered to fly it home for free.
Councillor McCusker 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 it’s been reunited with the Everglades Hotel.”
Andrea Hunter, Aer Lingus, said: “We were delighted to be able to fly the ab’duck’ted duck back to Belfast City Airport.”