The sculptor’s original design (pictured here, as it would look in situ) included the mallard at Sir Nigel’s feet, but the statue’s commissioners, the Gresley Society, decided to remove the duck because Sir Nigel’s two grandsons don’t like it. For all the details, read this article in Steam Railway by David Wilcock.
The statue is currently being made and is due to be unveiled in April 2016. If, like thousands of us, you think the mallard made the statue special and engaging, then please sign the petition.
The painting of a mallard and ‘Birds in flight’ (our header image) appears with the kind permission of Jonathan Clay GRA.