School’s ducks hit the headlines on Radio 1 show - The Worcester Observer

School’s ducks hit the headlines on Radio 1 show

Worcester Editorial 30th Sep, 2023 Updated: 30th Sep, 2023   0

A TRIO of ducks who live in the eco-garden at Dyson Perrins CE Academy in Malvern have recently been in the news having featured on the Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 1.

The ducks became famous after the school’s Head of Year Seven and science teacher, Mrs Barker, heard a section on the show, which is hosted by Greg James, where the world’s tallest known duck, Long Boi – which sadly died recently – was being discussed.

The story inspired Mrs Barker to text in and tell the show about the school’s three tall Runner Ducks with the suggestion that they could be measured too. Within two minutes the show’s producer had got back in touch, inviting Mrs Barker to be interviewed on the show!

The live interview was arranged for Wednesday (September 27) and during it Greg James asked the Dyson Perrins’ eco-committee (aka The Duck Club) to measure the three ducks to see how they measured up to Long Boi’s record.

Although they did not quite make the grade and threaten the record, Mrs Barker went on to offer Greg the opportunity to grow his own Long Boi Indian runner duck with 5 of Dysons’ very own duck eggs – a proposal that he is now considering.

Speaking about the school’s unusual appearance on the airwaves, Fred Dowdeswell, Finance and Business Manager at Dyson Perrins, said:

“To be featured Radio One was very exciting for the school, although its does appear that our ducks seem unaffected by their new-found celebrity status!

“Our eco-garden has been a big hit with our students and we are very keen to push on and achieve eco-school status in the near future. In addition to the ducks, the eco-garden also homes two rabbits, and there are also plans for further additions.

“All in all, the last few days have caused a real stir at the school and it is certainly going to take quite some time for the ‘egg-citement to die down!


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