Visitor boost for Thornbury thanks to first ever Gromit
Gromit has only been in Thornbury for a short time, but already traders are reporting an increase in footfall to their businesses.
Mick Horton, vice chair of the Thornbury Chamber of Commerce, said; ‘It feels busier. It will bring people in who haven’t been to Thornbury before. Hopefully people will like the town, spend money here and then come back.”
The Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in bringing the Gromit to the town as part of this year’s Gromit Unleashed 2 trail which is taking place all summer in Bristol and surrounding areas. It hopes that because Thornbury is the most northerly point on the trail, it will benefit from participators keen to tick off every character.
The Gromit, which is sited at the St Mary Centre, has been named ‘Honeysuckle Rose’, due to its distinctive floral theme. It was painted by Bristol artist Sarah-Jane Grace.
The trail is raising money for Bristol Children’s Hospital, and the Chamber of Commerce is hoping to raise further funds through activities it’s organised over the summer.
There is a ‘design your own’ competition with prizes for different ages, which will be judged in early September by Sarah-Jane Grace. Competition sheets are available at the library and many town outlets.
In addition, local businesses have created a ‘mini Gromit’ trail, by painting and naming their own mini figures, and displaying them in the windows of their offices and shops. Participants need to find all the Gromit names and then enter a free prize draw.
Special Honeysuckle Rose merchandise will also be available to purchase from News 4 U with all money going to the Grand Appeal Charity.
The map is available in Bonds, Gems, Papilio, News 4 U, Finishing Touches and the Town Hall, for a small donation. There is also a Detect-O-Gromit 2 app for both iPhone and Android devices.
You can find more information about the trail on the website: www.gromitunleashed.org.uk