With the huge coverage of plastics and their negative impact on our oceans, the little plastic fellows that kids love grabbing at the boat show each year will be a think of the past for 2020. Sponsor Barclays have decided to make the 2019 duck the last of the current series, as it seeks to minimise its impact on the environment with plans to reduce the carbon footprint of their global business by 80% by 2025.

Barclays’ 10th year as sponsor of the Jersey Boat Show sees the winning design of Monique Gueguen, from First Tower School, take centre stage. This year’s winning duck is decorated with summer flowers and wears a hat. Monique said: “It’s amazing to see my design come to life. I can’t wait to see it at the show.”

Paul Savery, managing director of Barclays in Jersey said: “The Barclays duck has been a favourite at the show and we’ve had some brilliant designs from young islanders over the years. However, the issue of plastic usage is a genuine concern, and we are looking at other ways to bring the show’s mascot to life..”

“Barclays is proud to have sponsored the largest free event in the Channel Islands for 10 years now and to have helped raise more than £80,000 for local charities. Our 10th anniversary sponsorship will see us celebrate Barclays’ involvement in the Show and reflect upon a “decade of the duck” with islanders and visitors alike.”

The 2018 show enjoyed spectacular sunny weather and attracted more than 35,000 people who were entertained by a packed programme of activities. This year the Barclays Jersey Boat Show will feature a decade of ducks celebration, the popular hook-a-duck game and a showcase of Jersey’s marine leisure industry. At the show Barclays will be raising money for Girlguiding Jersey and Jersey Scouts Association; two fantastic charities that together help 1,600 young members develop important life skills.

Barclays will be also be showcasing their support for the local community through a number of displays and activities in the hospitality marquee on Sunday 5th May from 10am – 4pm. Get down and learn more… and grab your last duck!