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Hundreds of visitors flock to 80 Gromit statues placed around Bristol

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Hundreds of visitors flock to 80 Gromit statues placed around Bristol

Hundreds of eager visitors have already taken in some of the 80 Gromit statues placed around the city.

Locals, tourists and Aardman fans flocked to the 5ft statues on the official opening of the Gromit Unleashed art trail.

The trail, a collaboration with Bristol-based Aardman and hospital charity The Grand Appeal, is expected to draw in thousands more over the next ten weeks.

Once it is all over, the statues – painted by famous artists and celebrities – will be auctioned off to raise money for the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (Bristol Children’s Hospital).

As visitors followed the trail, the six passport stops began to fill up with those looking to get their hands on some of the affiliated merchandising.

Those who pick up a free Gromit Unleashed passport will be making sure they visit all six stops to fill their book with stamps for a special memento.

The trail is based in Bristol but statues have also been placed in London Paddington, Westonbirt Arboretum, Lye Cross Farm and Cheddar Gorge.

A smartphone app, Detect-a-Gromit, featuring details of all of the Gromits, is available to download from the official trail website at www.gromitunleashed.org.uk.

Among the artists and celebrities to have designed their own Gromit for the trail are Gromit creator Nick Park, actress Joanna Lumley and One Direction singer Zayn Malik.

Pictured: People have their photo taken with a Gromit Unleashed sculpture in Staple Hill.

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