Gromits in their new home

Diana (Oakham Treasures), Keith Sherrell (Oakham Treasures) and Owain Cassidy (head of marketing dev

Diana (Oakham Treasures), Keith Sherrell (Oakham Treasures) and Owain Cassidy (head of marketing development, Bristol Zoo) with the two Gromits - Credit: supplied

TWO Gromit statues auctioned off to raise money for Bristol Children’s Hospital have found a permanent home in Portbury.

A Mandrill’s Best Friend and Creature Comforts now take pride of place in the restaurant of vintage farm museum, Oakham Treasures.

This follows successful bids during an auction of the 80 Gromits included in a trail across Bristol which raised £2.3million for the hospital’s charity, The Grand Appeal.

Oakham Treasures, a visitor centre with one of the largest collections of vintage retail items and farm machinery in the UK, will keep them on display for visitors to see.

Owner Keith Sherrell said: “The Gromit trail was a huge success this summer. However, we know not everyone got the chance to see all the Gromits so we will be proudly displaying them in our restaurant area for the next few months.”

A Mandrill’s Best Friend was situated outside Bristol Zoo Gardens for the duration of the Gromit trail. Funds raised from the auction of this Gromit will go towards the zoo’s conservation projects and will further benefit the zoo’s efforts to protect endangered species.

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