The Green Gromit has been welcomed into Cirencester Plumbstop on Love Lane
THE Cotswolds has welcomed another arrival of a new four-legged celebrity.
Plumbstop Ltd has purchased the Green Gromit, designed by One Direction star Zayn Malik.
The green graffiti-style Gromit, now based at the Cirencester Plumbstop showroom and headquarters on Love Lane industrial estate, was secured for £26,000 by owner of the company Peter Fitzcharles. Peter has since become the world’s coolest uncle due to his nieces being big fans of the popular boy band.
“I bid for a few but I thought the one designed by Zayn was particularly interesting. It’s a really fantastic Gromit,” said Peter.
“All the staff were very excited when he arrived. We want to spread the Gromit love so we’ll be taking him to any special events or trade days at any of the 12 Plumbstop branches across the country.”
The team at Cotswold airport also had the cracking idea to snap up one of the 80 famous Gromit statues that were dotted around Bristol over the summer and purchased outer-space-style Gromit Grosmos for £28,000.
“The Gromits have really touched the hearts of so many people and raised a lot of money for a really good cause,” said Suzannah Harvey, chief executive of the airport.
Speaking about the Gromit auction, Suzannah said: “It was absolutely electric. Everyone was just aghast when the first one went. It was just incredible and the prices of them sky-rocketed so quickly.
“We wanted Grosmos as he’s so eye-catching and both me and my father have a keen interest in astronomy. Hopefully a lot of people will want to come and see him.”
All proceeds made from the auctioning of the Gromits went to the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, renowned for a wide range of services, including the treatment of cancer, leukaemia and heart conditions. The hospital is looking to expand to accommodate a range of new paediatric clinical specialities such as burns, neurosurgery, neuroscience and major trauma.
“It really is a smashing, worthwhile cause,” continued Peter. “I normally go out on Friday nights but I stayed in that night to bid. I had a small drink to celebrate when I won.”
The auction overall raised £2.3 million for the children’s hospital.
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