Meet 'facts The Way We Did It, Lad' Gromit!

Aardman HQ in Bristol received a rather special delivery this week in the shape of a new 5ft Gromit called ''Facts The Way We Did It, Lad!'. To celebrate, Aardman employes joined with staff from the Grand Appeal charity, alongside the new Gromit's designer, Gavin Strange, to look back over the amazing story of Gromit Unleashed and to hear from neurosurgeon Mike Carter about the pioneering care Bristol Children's Hospital is able to give to sick children and babies thanks to money raised by the event. 

'Facts The Way We Did It, Lad!' will be proudly displayed in the atrium at Aardman's Bristol offices, a lovely reminder of the summer when 80 giant Gromits took over the city, capturing the imaginations of people both young and old, from Bristol and far beyond. The golden, pink-nosed Gromit features some interesting facts about the Gromit Unleashed trail. Did you know, for example, that: 

- Nick Park went undercover to visit the Gromits on the trail
- It takes 6 very strong people to move one Gromit
- Gromit inspired 3 marriage proposals and one wedding
- Graham Wadsworth visited all 80 Gromits in 24 hours, running and cycling a whopping 200 miles

Luckily you don't have to be an Aardman employee to see the Gromit in person - Gavin has also created a 'twin' for 'That's The Way We Did It, Lad!' which will be on display at the Gromit Unleashed shop at the Mall, Cribbs Causeway.

It's an exciting time for Wallace & Gromit Children's Charity as it's also celebrating the launch of a shiny new website - take a look here. Then next year the excitement ramps up again for Shaun in the City which will bring giant Shauns to locations in both Bristol and London, helping to raise additional funds for sick children in hopsitals and hospices across the UK. 

The artists have now been finalised and they're now busy transferring their designs onto the giant Shauns which will appear in the capital in March, followed by another Shaun trail in Bristol in July. You can find out more at