Gromit trail increases visitors by almost a third
Fans visiting Thornbury’s Gromit statue has meant a boost for the town’s businesses.
Thornbury Chamber of Commerce estimates footfall was up by around 30 per cent when Gromit was in town. It’s now waiting for official figures to come from the ‘Gromit Unleashed 2’ organisers.
Retailers told the chamber there was a good ‘vibe’ in general around the event. The manager of the St Mary Centre, Alan Cole, says there was always someone next to Gromit taking a photo.
‘Honeysuckle Rose’ as the Gromit was named, will now be auctioned off to raise further funds for Bristol Children’s Hospital.
Rowena Moncrieffe, Chair of Thornbury Chamber said: “It was nice to see so many people around the Town throughout the summer obviously enjoying both the main Gromit Trail but also taking part in our very own Gromit Hunt. We hope this will encourage people to visit Thornbury again.”
The town’s own Gromit hunt which featured mini models of the famous hound, found a winner in Joby Amesbury, aged 10. He chose as his prize the mini Gromit which was “007 Diamonds are Forever” designed by Penny Skinner from Bonds of Thornbury. He also won £25 of Thornbury Vouchers to spend in local shops.
The remaining mini Gromits will be sold for the Grand Appeal charity. They were designed and decorated by local people, and participators in the trail voted for their favourites.
The winners were; in first place, ‘Mr Gromit’ by Gems of Thornbury, in second place ‘Wings’ by Papilio at Heritage. Bonds of Thornbury took third place with ‘007 Diamonds are Forever’, and in fourth place was ‘Daisy’, a Gromit designed by the Carnival Committee and on display at Riddifords.