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Gromit’s grand boost to town’s economy

The visit of Gromit to Thornbury has provided a big boost to local businesses.  Fans coming to see the town’s Gromit statue have boosted footfall in the centre of the town by almost a third.

Thornbury Chamber of Commerce estimates footfall was up by around 30 per cent when Gromit was resident at St Mary’s Centre, with traders also reporting a festival atmosphere as people came to take pictures with ‘Honeysuckle Rose’.

A steady stream of visitors came to St Mary’s Centre before the statue was removed in September, but local people got involved as well, with scores taking part in Thornbury’s own mini Gromit trail.

Rowena Moncrieffe, Chair of Thornbury Chamber of Commerce, which helped organise Gromit’s arrival in the town said: “We hope this will encourage people to visit Thornbury again.”


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