Gromit to feature at Weston's Grand Pier as part of Grand Appeal

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 May 2018

Gromit at Cheddar Gorge in 2013. Picture: Longleat

Gromit at Cheddar Gorge in 2013. Picture: Longleat

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Two Weston-super-Mare attractions will have a Wallace or Gromit sculpture this year, as part of the Grand Appeal fundraiser.

The Grand Appeal raises money for Bristol Children’s Hospital, and in recent years it has organised art trails featuring Shaun The Sheep and Gromit from the popular animated film series.

This year, Weston’s Grand Pier and Puxton Park in Hewish will have sculptures.

The pier will have a Gromit, although the design is being kept underwraps.

Michelle Michael, co-owner of the Grand Pier, said: “We are very excited Gromit will be visiting the pier this summer, and I am sure he is going to prove very popular with visitors of all ages.

“The trail raises vital funds for Bristol Children’s Hospital and the neonatal intensive care unit at St Michael’s Hospital, both of which provide lifesaving care for families throughout the region, including many in Weston and North Somerset.

“Having Gromit here at the Pier will enable us, the people of North Somerset, and our thousands of summer visitors, to support an extremely worthy cause.

“An iconic character, coming to an iconic attraction, as part of an iconic fundraising drive all makes for an exciting summer for people who live in the area and the many more holidaymakers and day trippers who will visit.”

Gromit Unleashed will start in July, with sculptures of Wallace, Gromit and Features McGraw, the penguin which appeared in The Wrong Trousers, appearing at around 60 locations, mostly in Bristol.

The sculptures have been designed and decorated by high-profile artists, designers and innovators.

The pier’s sculpture will be the furthest west of all of them.

A map will be available at the start of July, and a Gromit Unleashed 2 app will help people find them and record their sightings.

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