Gromit entices new visitors to Chipping Sodbury
The Gromit statue in Chipping Sodbury is succeeding in tempting tourists to come to the town.
The artworks is sited in the garden at the Baptist Church on the high street as part of the Gromit Unleashed 2 Trail. It’s being held all summer at locations in and around Bristol, featuring Wallace, Gromit and arch villain Feathers McGraw, in aid of Bristol Children’s Hospital.
Alice Hobbs from Swagger, the high street gift shop, said: “As a retailer in Chipping Sodbury we were super excited with the arrival of our Gromit ‘Amazing Grace’. We have noticed many new faces, especially on a Saturday, with families coming to do the trail. Swagger also snapped up the opportunity to stock the official Gromit merchandise.”
“The Gromit searchers have loved the Gromit ears and we now have the official Amazing Grace Gromit keyring in our shop with 100% of the proceeds going straight to The Grand Appeal charity. I hope people discover Chipping Sodbury, our fabulous market town and return time and time again.”
The Gromit itself was designed and painted by Bristol artist Tim Sutcliffe, who took as his inspiration the windows in Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
The annual ‘Summer Search’ is also on, and hopes are that it will tempt families to stay a little longer in town. Michelle Baden-Daintree, one of the Chairs of the Chipping Sodbury Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Summer search has always been a favourite activity of ours to run throughout the summer. This year we have put together a fantastic Gromit themed search around the windows of the High Street for children to really have fun.”
There will be 22 soft toy Gromits in the windows of Chipping Sodbury shops. Each Gromit is carrying out a special activity. Using a map from the Tourist Information Centre or one of the shops, children can follow the map and cross off the activity, to identify one activity which Gromit isn’t doing. Winners will receive a toy Gromit.
There is also 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.
When the trail ends, the sculpture will be auctioned along with the others, to raise money for Bristol Children’s Hospital.