Guided tour through Muscovy Ducks

AN American writer is giving people a guided tour of Ely through the eyes of some of its most well-known residents - Muscovy ducks. Graphic designer Fran Bussard has written and illustrated The Ducks of Ely Visitors Guide. She has dreamed up colourful ch

AN American writer is giving people a guided tour of Ely through the eyes of some of its most well-known residents - Muscovy ducks.

Graphic designer Fran Bussard has written and illustrated The Ducks of Ely Visitors' Guide.

She has dreamed up colourful characters like Alfie, the free-spirited graffiti artist duck, street musician ducks, a duck headmistress and an antiques expert duck, who take readers to some of Ely's attractions.

The guide highlights many of Ely's restaurants and cafes but strongly recommends against ordering duck.


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Mrs Bussard, 51, originally from New Orleans, moved to Ely in February and works at RAF Lakenheath.

She said: "I was fascinated by the ducks when I moved here and straightaway thought about doing something like this. They are everywhere and seem to rule the place.

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"I really find Ely to be a magical storybook-type place; there are lots colourful characters. Many of the ducks are based on people I've met here."

Mrs Bussard is a member of Ely's Olive Tree Fellowship church group and hopes the guide will be a precursor to a children's storybook.

Any proceeds made from it to be donated to a charity of the church's choice.

The Ducks of Ely Visitors' Guide is available for £1 from Oliver Cromwell's House, Cloisters Antiques and the Angela Mellor Gallery.

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