Fight for duck to be put back in Sir Gresley statue

Thousands of people have called for a duck to be re-instated on a proposed statue of great railway engineer, Sir Nigel Gresley.

Six months ago, the Gresley Society decided to remove the mallard from the statue, due to be unveiled at King’s Cross station next year.

The mallard was to symbolise Sir Gresley’s most famous achievement: the still unsurpassed world speed record for steam which his locomotive Mallard achieved in 1938.

However, Gresley’s two grandsons felt the mallard was undignified, and the Society’s committee bowed to their wish to axe it.

More than 2,250 people have signed a petition to reinstate the mallard. But the Gresley Society’s chairman has branded them “unbalanced duck fanatics.”

The fight continues for the pro-mallard lobby.