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Wallace and Gromit to be Honored with Statue in Creator Nick Park’s Hometown | Ents & Arts News

A statue of plasticine movie stars Wallace and Gromit is due to be unveiled in their creator Nick Park’s hometown of Preston.

They will be depicted as they appeared in the 1993 film The Wrong Trousers, next to a bronze bench.

The bench was designed by Park and local sculptor Peter Hodgkinson, and is made at the castle’s fine arts foundry in Wales.

Wallace and Gromit have received rave reviews around the world
Wallace and Gromit have received rave reviews around the world

We hope that it will be installed in August.

The comedy duo’s sculptures, whose films also include A Grand Day Out and A Close Shave, are funded by money Preston received from the government’s National Cities Fund initiative.

The idea of ​​the fund is to encourage the return of people to cities and town centers following the coronavirus pandemic.

Park said: “It is a great honor for me, as a proud Prestonian, to see my characters Wallace and Gromit cast in bronze and honored in my hometown.”

Peter Sallis in the recording studio for a Wallace And Gromit TV special
The late actor Peter Sallis was the voice of Wallace

John Chesworth, Chairman of the Preston Partnership and the Preston Towns Fund Board, said: “Nick is one of our most famous living Prestonians and it’s great that we can celebrate his accomplishments with this new sculpture.

“Wallace and Gromit are familiar to millions of people and the films are extremely popular with all age groups.

“We are very much looking forward to welcoming the duo to Preston and inviting people to come downtown to visit them.”

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This notice was published: 2021-06-05 18:26:00

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