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Welcome to the Altrincham Rubber Duck and Friends.
The Altrincham Rubber Duck concept was created as an alternative to established commercial online feeds with the aim of unbiasedly promoting all that is good about Altrincham, it's people and businesses highlighting the community spirit, commitment and humour that Altrincham is renowned for.
Ducking out from our mission is not an option - we are committed to bringing you relevant updates via this website and our Twitter/ FaceBook feeds - please connect with us?
We understand that not everyone will share this brand of humour and call fowl - quite frankly we find that idea quackers but you can't please all of the people all of the time?
Please support your ducks and watch out for one of us around your area!
What's the story on how this got started?
It's a children's adventure story about two best friends who love science and aspire to win the schools scientist of the year.
They create a makeshift laboratory from and old Bee Hive but one day stumble upon a treasure map hidden beneath the rotten wooden floor boards.
This starts the adventure
How does it feel that the press have picked up on the story?
I'm so delighted that we have featured in several local newspapers and I have been interviewed by 9 radio stations including BBC Radio Merseyside and BBC Radio Manchester . The passion with both have is being appreciated by many and that's all we have dreamt of.
I have already written two more novels, one is with my publisher and the third I'm editing.
My daughter is illustrating both.
The plan is to be a successful writer/illustrator duo.
It's available at Amazon WHSmith Waterstones and all other good bookshops
So tell us a bit more about why the Altrincham Swimming club was set up?
The club was set up in May 1992 (1month before I was born!) It was set up to give opportunities to those who completed swimming lessons and wanted to extend their swimming opportunities. It is now a competitive club that competes across the North West.
What ages do you cater for?
We aim to cater for all! Our youngest members are around 7 years old - we don't tend to get many much younger as they need the time to pass through lessons. We recommend swimmers to be in stage 7 or above. Our eldest swimmers currently are around 20years old, a masters group is certainly an option in the future.
Are you looking for new members? If so any special age group?
We are always looking for new faces and new talent. All age groups are welcome to have a try and see if swimming is for them. We tend to see less boys due to the demand in other sports such as football and rugby. Swimming is a great sport and one everyone should consider trying competitively.
Does it cost a lot?
It depends on the group. The more sessions you swim, the more it costs. The top group train 5 times a week and also have 2 gym based sessions and pay around £42 per month. This is excellent value considering the rise in pool hiring costs
What is the best way to contact you?
Do you know what? I have...if you include ducklings! I used to work as a swimming instructor at Sale Leisure Centre during my University days. I've taught many ducklings (under 3s). They are a joy and always keep you on your toes! If we're talking about an actual duck, then I think i'd struggle teaching a feathery friend to swim the butterfly. If I manage it, it's a certain feature on Britain's Got Talent!
When doing a cream tea, do you put cream on top of the jam, or jam on top of the cream?
I'm going for the messy approach - who cares about appearance really? It all goes down the same way. Throw it in the cup and stir it up. Taste sensation. When it comes to scones, then it has to be cream on top - its always better to overload the cream than the jam. Nobody ever asks for extra jam...cream all the way!
You will find not only the Altrincham Duck out and about in Altrincham and surrounding areas, but also some of my friends. You just never know where we will #quack and #tweet from next!