Gromit sculptures unveiled

Sculptures of animated dog Gromit, created by Preston's Nick Park, have been unveiled in Bristol, where the animator has his studio.

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First of the giant Gromits arrives on Bristol's streets

Some of the painted Gromits. Credit: PA

Today 80 giant Gromit sculptures will begin to be unleashed on to Bristol's streets. Dozens of celebrities have decorated a statue of Aardman's famous animated dog which will eventually be auctioned off for charity.

They had been kept at a secret location, but over the next 3 days the sculptures will embark on journeys to their trail locations. And to mark the occasion Nick Park, creator of Wallace and Gromit, will drive some of the giant Gromits into the city on the Harbour steam train.

Organisers are hopeful thousands of people will come to the city to see them - boosting the local economy.

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Gromit Unleashed stars revealed

Organisers of Gromit Unleashed have revealed the final line-up of famous people who will be stylising giant Gromits with their own personal touch from 1st July.

The statues will be placed across Bristol for ten weeks, as well as further afield.

Composer, pianist, broadcaster and bandleader Jools Holland will bring the sound of the big band with a musical Gromit 'Bumble Boogie'.

The Royal Mint has designed a 'National Treasure' Gromit, which will be covered from head to toe in nearly 10,000 new one penny coins.

Pixar Animation Studios have flown over a film design Gromit from their headquarters in California.

Other well-known names getting involved include Joanna Lumley, Irish gardener Diarmuid Gavin, artists Sir Quentin Blake and Axel Scheffler, designers Cath Kidston and Sir Paul Smith, and Harry Hill.