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Puzzled Oxfordshire villagers had their feathers ruffled by a 'deduckated' flock of muddy great Area 51 crew waddling throughout the English countryside in fair weather and fowl as a hugely successful publicity stunt!

At first residents in Hethe, near Bicester, thought they had gone quackers after starting to see a gaggle of ducks appearing throughout the area, having escaped their pond and making their way down from The Muddy Duck bistro-pub and restaurant.

Dressed in distinctive yellow rain macs, the Area 51 performers proved to be no featherweights by spending day after day surprising shoppers and residents throughout the Bicester area and further afield by randomly arriving at various locations to make a splash.

Pub and restaurant bosses had (duck) called on the marketing people at Area 51 to help promote their re-launch following an expensive kitchen refurbishment. At first the giant birds appeared without any explanation, leaving people scratching their heads and wondering what waddle was going on.

Eventually, the ducks revealed they were promoting the local restaurant and pub business and taking cards from beneath their wings to hand out to people in the street, the word spread quickly.

The cards handed out by the 51 ducks entitled the holders to enter a special prize draw with the "Golden Egg random acts of kindness" scheme when booking a table for dinner at The Muddy Duck.

Prizes on offer included anything from a car valet to an iPod Mini and a free meal at the pub for every month of the year.