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Dundee’s Penguin Parade is getting the city a-flutter as the news that only 5 penguins remain to be sponsored.

Designed by local artist Janice Aitken, the cool customers will be decorated by various artists over the coming months. After their moment in the sun, they will be auctioned to raise funds for the vital work done at Maggie’s Dundee in caring for people affected by cancer.

As part of the research that went into designing the penguin sculpture, Janice, a senior lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, visited St Andrews Aquarium a few months ago to take photos of the Humboldt penguins.

“I just went as a member of the public, taking my friend’s 11-year-old grandson Findlay with me,”Janice says. “We had a great time, and there were loads of activities for kids.

“We were lucky to have a really nice sunny day and I took lots of photos of the penguins feeding and playing to use as reference points for the sculpture.”

When Janice heard that St Andrews Aquarium has sponsored a penguin sculpture and had invited her over to get up close and personal with it’s real-life counterparts, she was thrilled to bits.