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Quackers! – village pond taken over by rubber ducks

MYSTERY ... Thirteen rubber ducks have appeared in Cleadon Village's pond. Inset, Coun Jeff Milburn removing rubbish.
MYSTERY ... Thirteen rubber ducks have appeared in Cleadon Village's pond. Inset, Coun Jeff Milburn removing rubbish.

SOMETHING strange is going on in a South Tyneside village’s pond...

Rubber ducks have taken over Cleadon Village pond just weeks after a councillor complained of a lack of feathery friends.

Last month, Coun Jeff Milburn claimed the water was so dirty that ducks refused to swim there, despite scores of them flocking to nearby Whitburn’s ‘cleaner pond’.

However, at some point in the last week 13 colourful ducks have mysteriously appeared bobbing about in the pool.

Coun Milburn, who represents Cleadon and East Boldon, said: “I think Santa’s little elves have been busy.

“I counted 13 of the ducks floating about. They’re lovely and colourful and a lot of the residents have commented upon them.

“At last, the pond has ducks in it!”

Cleadon In Bloom, which has the lease of the pond, is planning to spruce up the area in the near future, as the group is currently applying for funding.

However, Coun Milburn, has already taken matters into his own hands in recent weeks by wading into the pond to retrieve rubbish.

Coun Milburn said: “The ducks are causing a lot of laughter and making people smile. I think they’re a good addition to the village.

“One elderly resident even thought they were real ducklings and was worried they’d get cold during the winter. They’re rather lifelike.

“However, if anyone strongly objects to them, I don’t mind going back into the pond to fish them out.”

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