Bearing the rather embarrassing (for an all-action-hero dog like Gromit) name of ““Dog Rose”– our Gromit has been lovingly created by the amazing botanical painter and illustrator, Ros Franklin, and will hold pride of place in Bristol’s Whiteladies Road outside Tyndale Baptist Church until September 8th.
As you can see from the photo, he features a beautifully painted and very apt wild dog rose entwined around his torso. The painting represented many hours of painstaking, detailed work by Ros and I think reflects well the AC Services’ approach to maintaining and repairing Rational ovens (forgive the obvious plug!)
“Dog Rose” joins 80 other Gromits which were unleashed on the city of Bristol on July 1st and he will be in exotic company. Famous artists and celebrities from across the world have all contributed Gromits, from cartoonist Gerald Scarfe to fashion designer Sir Paul Smith and from Joanna Lumley with her absolutely fabulous, poetry-covered Gromit to Jools Holland and his musical Bumble Boogie Gromit. The Royal Mint has contributed a National Treasure Gromit covered in 10,000 brand new one penny coins, including a specially commissioned Gromit medallion. Even The Beano’s Gnasher has managed to gate-crash Gromit’s party with his Gnashional Gromit – covered in extracts of original Beano artwork.
But, the most exciting news for us is that, Dog Rose our AC Services Gromit, has been chosen as one of the mini Gromit ceramic figurines which are being sold as official Gromit Unleashed merchandise to raise money for Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal.
Win your own Gromit
And we are giving away one of these unique Gromit figurines to a lucky customer. If you get your Rational oven serviced by AC Services during the 10 weeks of the Gromit Unleashed event, which runs from July 1st to September 8th, just go to our Facebook page and enter the draw. We’ll be drawing the lucky winner from the list of eligible entries on September 9th.
After the trail has ended the Gromits will be auctioned off to raise money for The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity. To find out more, visit their website at www.grandappeal.org.uk or www.gromitunleashed.org.uk