Mystery surrounds the arrival of hundreds of rubber ducks on a beach front

Mystery surrounds the arrival of hundreds of rubber ducks on a beach front

Mystery surrounds the arrival of hundreds of rubber ducks on a beach front

Mystery surrounds the arrival of hundreds of rubber ducks on a beach front

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Residents and council officials have been left scratching their heads after hundreds of brightly coloured rubber ducks were found along a beach front.

Hundreds of the yellow ducks have been found along Bognor promenade this morning and now council officials are trying to unravel the mystery of how they got there.

Cleaning contractors working on behalf of Arun District Council have cleared away the ducks into eight bags each containing up to 100 little figurines.

It is believed that the ducks, which all have numbers on their bottom, have been strategically placed rather than washed up from the sea.

Kirsten Fitzpatrick, events manager with Bognor Regis Town Council, said: “This morning we had a call from the team of contractors to say they had found hundreds of ducks.

“They had not been washed up, they were all placed strategically along the promenade and the breakers.

“They have been cleared up and we are trying to trace the owners.

“It must have taken a while to place all these ducks so someone must have seen something.”

An Arun District Council spokesman said their cleansing Team discovered the ducks scattered along the seafront at about 8.15am this morning.

Their staff estimated there were around 400 which are currently being stored at the authority's Littlehampton depot.

Bognor Regis Police have also been informed about the ducks in case they had been stolen.

If you know anything about the ducks then email neil.vowles@theargus.co.uk or call 01273 544530.

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12:12pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Nosfaratu says...

Its migration time, you would expect to see birds in flocks at this time of year.
Its migration time, you would expect to see birds in flocks at this time of year. Nosfaratu
  • Score: 18

12:15pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Quiterie says...

Apparently Bognor Police called in the Flying Squad in case there was fowl play.

In Kent they get gold bars on their beach. What do we get? A load of old plastic ducks!
Apparently Bognor Police called in the Flying Squad in case there was fowl play. In Kent they get gold bars on their beach. What do we get? A load of old plastic ducks! Quiterie
  • Score: 21

12:47pm Wed 3 Sep 14

lydz25 says...

IS IT 400 OR 800???
SORT IT OUT, ARGUS!!!
IS IT 400 OR 800??? SORT IT OUT, ARGUS!!! lydz25
  • Score: 8

1:14pm Wed 3 Sep 14

9 of us says...

lydz25 wrote:
IS IT 400 OR 800???
SORT IT OUT, ARGUS!!!
I was just about to say the same when I read your post.
[quote][p][bold]lydz25[/bold] wrote: IS IT 400 OR 800??? SORT IT OUT, ARGUS!!![/p][/quote]I was just about to say the same when I read your post. 9 of us
  • Score: 0

1:43pm Wed 3 Sep 14

MuammarQaddafi says...

No doubt someone's idea of an "art installation."
No doubt someone's idea of an "art installation." MuammarQaddafi
  • Score: 1

1:55pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Nosfaratu says...

MuammarQaddafi wrote:
No doubt someone's idea of an "art installation."
Yeh ! Own up Daffy

Their not Cheep you know
Who's paying the Bill
It's Quackers !
Just shows you how popular Bognor is, no one saw anything
It will be on the TV later, yawn
[quote][p][bold]MuammarQaddafi[/bold] wrote: No doubt someone's idea of an "art installation."[/p][/quote]Yeh ! Own up Daffy Their not Cheep you know Who's paying the Bill It's Quackers ! Just shows you how popular Bognor is, no one saw anything It will be on the TV later, yawn Nosfaratu
  • Score: -1

2:04pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Quiterie says...

9 of us wrote:
lydz25 wrote:
IS IT 400 OR 800???
SORT IT OUT, ARGUS!!!
I was just about to say the same when I read your post.
To be fair the article doesn't mention 800.

It says "eight bags each containing UP TO 100 little figurines".

"up to" means there were 100 or less in each bag.

This is entirely consistent with the figure of 400 quoted.
[quote][p][bold]9 of us[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lydz25[/bold] wrote: IS IT 400 OR 800??? SORT IT OUT, ARGUS!!![/p][/quote]I was just about to say the same when I read your post.[/p][/quote]To be fair the article doesn't mention 800. It says "eight bags each containing UP TO 100 little figurines". "up to" means there were 100 or less in each bag. This is entirely consistent with the figure of 400 quoted. Quiterie
  • Score: 3

3:07pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Nikski says...

Hmm, interesting debate about the possible number of plastic ducks in a bin liner.......zzzzzzzz
Hmm, interesting debate about the possible number of plastic ducks in a bin liner.......zzzzzzzz Nikski
  • Score: 4

3:17pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Nightlight says...

It is probably the same person who hid the gold people have more than Likely got to find certain numbers by the look of it might be wrong but that's my guess
It is probably the same person who hid the gold people have more than Likely got to find certain numbers by the look of it might be wrong but that's my guess Nightlight
  • Score: 1

3:52pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Quiterie says...

Nikski wrote:
Hmm, interesting debate about the possible number of plastic ducks in a bin liner.......zzzzzzzz
Thanks. Did I tell you about the time I had an overdue library book?
[quote][p][bold]Nikski[/bold] wrote: Hmm, interesting debate about the possible number of plastic ducks in a bin liner.......zzzzzzzz[/p][/quote]Thanks. Did I tell you about the time I had an overdue library book? Quiterie
  • Score: 0

4:25pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Mrs Newcastle says...

Nosfaratu wrote:
MuammarQaddafi wrote:
No doubt someone's idea of an "art installation."
Yeh ! Own up Daffy

Their not Cheep you know
Who's paying the Bill
It's Quackers !
Just shows you how popular Bognor is, no one saw anything
It will be on the TV later, yawn
Duck Race 25th August Organised by the Arundel and Barnham District Lions Club. Arundel's own annual Duck Race, sponsored by local businesses, supporting local charities. Funds are raised via sales of numbered ducks, tipped in to the River Arun to catch the tide.
Buy a ticket for £1 with your own personal number on it (throughout the festival or on the day) and watch 2,000 ducks, including yours, race down the river Arun to the finish at the Arun Street Gardens.
All proceeds will be donated to local charites, with excellent prizes for the first, second and third ducks past the winning post.
[quote][p][bold]Nosfaratu[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MuammarQaddafi[/bold] wrote: No doubt someone's idea of an "art installation."[/p][/quote]Yeh ! Own up Daffy Their not Cheep you know Who's paying the Bill It's Quackers ! Just shows you how popular Bognor is, no one saw anything It will be on the TV later, yawn[/p][/quote]Duck Race 25th August Organised by the Arundel and Barnham District Lions Club. Arundel's own annual Duck Race, sponsored by local businesses, supporting local charities. Funds are raised via sales of numbered ducks, tipped in to the River Arun to catch the tide. Buy a ticket for £1 with your own personal number on it (throughout the festival or on the day) and watch 2,000 ducks, including yours, race down the river Arun to the finish at the Arun Street Gardens. All proceeds will be donated to local charites, with excellent prizes for the first, second and third ducks past the winning post. Mrs Newcastle
  • Score: 8

9:21pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Nikski says...

Nightlight wrote:
It is probably the same person who hid the gold people have more than Likely got to find certain numbers by the look of it might be wrong but that's my guess
You were right you are wrong
[quote][p][bold]Nightlight[/bold] wrote: It is probably the same person who hid the gold people have more than Likely got to find certain numbers by the look of it might be wrong but that's my guess[/p][/quote]You were right you are wrong Nikski
  • Score: -1

10:24pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Fairfax Aches says...

Two ducks were walking down the street. One says; "quack"; the other says, "I was going to say that",
Two ducks were walking down the street. One says; "quack"; the other says, "I was going to say that", Fairfax Aches
  • Score: -2

6:58am Thu 4 Sep 14

We love Red Billy says...

The are all quackers in Bognor.
The are all quackers in Bognor. We love Red Billy
  • Score: 0

7:14am Thu 4 Sep 14

Made In Sussex says...

You would have thought *ARUN* district councillors would have been aware of the yearly *ARUN*del festival and its duck race event!!
You would have thought *ARUN* district councillors would have been aware of the yearly *ARUN*del festival and its duck race event!! Made In Sussex
  • Score: 0

12:31pm Fri 5 Sep 14

NickBrt says...

I blame the Greens.
I blame the Greens. NickBrt
  • Score: 0

8:34am Sun 7 Sep 14

Valentinian says...

The word DUCK is 75 percent obscene
The word DUCK is 75 percent obscene Valentinian
  • Score: 0

1:43pm Wed 10 Sep 14

GuidoBAF says...

Took the family for a cruise down the River Arun from Amberley To Arundle on Saturday 6th Sept. Before we embarked on our little jolly, we spoke to six paddle boarders at Amberley Tea Rooms who each had one of these yellow plastic ducks strapped to their boards. They had discovered them at various stages up this stretch of river.
We found the first one about half way down this stretch and the second near Arundle bridge numbered 853 & 970 which suggests there could be up to 1000 dumped out there...
Took the family for a cruise down the River Arun from Amberley To Arundle on Saturday 6th Sept. Before we embarked on our little jolly, we spoke to six paddle boarders at Amberley Tea Rooms who each had one of these yellow plastic ducks strapped to their boards. They had discovered them at various stages up this stretch of river. We found the first one about half way down this stretch and the second near Arundle bridge numbered 853 & 970 which suggests there could be up to 1000 dumped out there... GuidoBAF
  • Score: 0
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