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Director delighted Hot Fuzz swan is staying in Wells

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

PCSOs Alasdair Scriven and Linda Vincent, Chief Superintendent Nikki Watson, PC Darren Pearson, Chief Inspector Richard Corrigan, PC Janice Bishop and PCSO Donna President greet the returning Hot Fuzz swan

PCSOs Alasdair Scriven and Linda Vincent, Chief Superintendent Nikki Watson, PC Darren Pearson, Chief Inspector Richard Corrigan, PC Janice Bishop and PCSO Donna President greet the returning Hot Fuzz swan

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The Hot Fuzz swan has been bought for £3,100 by the makers of the film and given to Wells Police Station.

All 60 swans were sold at the Swans of Wells auction on Saturday night, which raised a whopping £111,500 for charity.

Hot Fuzz director and former Blue School pupil Edgar Wright said: "I am a little surprised that the good people of Wells would choose to celebrate one of the nation's most dangerous creatures in this way.

"Have you not learnt anything from the hard hitting documentary Hot Fuzz? Are you not aware that swans can break a man's arm? Or blow up a man's house?

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"That said I am delighted that a Hot Fuzz swan is being auctioned in my home city.

"I spent much of my childhood a mere ten minute walk from the Bishop's Palace.

"Coming back to shoot my film in my old stomping ground was one of the highlights of my life and one of the greatest pleasures of the movie for me was seeing Wells up on the big screen."

Megan Witty, Swans of Wells organiser, said: "When we were looking for people to sponsor the swans earlier this year we contacted Edgar Wright, director of Hot Fuzz, and the producers, Working Title Films, said they would sponsor a swan.

"Universal Pictures sent us a link to pictures, which we had made into transfers.

"I contacted artist John Gould, a great film fanatic, who made the swan 'Oscar' for Wells Cinema and asked him if would like to create a Hot Fuzz swan.

"He said yes and worked 24-7 to have it ready for the media launch.

"We asked the police if they would like Hot Fuzz displayed outside the police station and they thought it was a marvellous idea."

Working Title Films made a successful phone bid on the night of the auction and donated the swan to Wells Police Station.

Chief Superintendent Nikki Watson said: "We are absolutely delighted with this generous gift.

"We are really pleased the swans are helping to support supporting local charities.

"It is lovely to keep Hot Fuzz in Wells and we are very proud to be able to display it outside the station."

See pages 14 and 15 for more on the Swans Auction.

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