By ‘eck lad, Gromit’s coming to Chipping Sodbury

May 29 2018
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CHIPPING Sodbury hopes Gromit pulls in the crowds.

The daring duo have been to a few exotic places in their time,including the moon. It would seem that the next destination for Gromit, if not Wallace, is Chipping Sodbury. 

The town is the destination for one of the Gromit models which are being prepared as part of Gromit Unleashed 2 - the latest Grand Appeal for the Bristol Children’s Hospital. Wallace, Gromit and arch villain Feathers McGraw will all feature on the trail which is backed by creators Aardman Animation, but it’s Gromit who will feature here.

It is hoped that Chipping Sodbury’s involvement in the trail will help bring much needed tourism to the town. 

The Gromit will be in the Baptist Church Garden, but it’s design remains unknown, as many of the sculptures are still being painted.

Chipping Sodbury Chamber of Commerce secretary Laura Lee Phillips said; “When word got out that the Chamber were hoping to be able to raise enough money to sponsor a Gromit for the summer, we were overwhelmed with the level of support offered. Nearly 40 local organisations together with a 'go fund me page' for local residents all contributed money to secure the Gromit for the Town.”

The entire town has been invited to a launch party on Monday 2 July, the day the trail starts, and people are being asked to wear Gromit ears to celebrate. When the trail ends, the sculpture will be auctioned along with the others, to raise money for the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity, The Grand Appeal. 

In an attempt to boost visitor numbers further, the chamber is running a ‘Cracking Summer Search’ with businesses in the high street displaying large dressed-up Gromits.  Free maps will be provided, with stickers for anyone who completes the search. Winners will be drawn, and they’ll receive one of the Gromits on display as a prize. 

There will also be a colouring competition for designers of all ages and the winners will be displayed in the window of the Town Hall. More details about the colouring competition are available at Visit Chipping Sodbury on Facebook. 

The first Gromit Unleashed event raised £2.3m for the Grand Appeal.