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Wallace and Gromit to feature in Diamond Jubilee film

Wallace and Gromit
Image caption The Wallace and Gromit mini-movie will be shown at 14 National Trust properties this summer

Bristol-based Aardman Animations has created a short film featuring Wallace and Gromit to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this summer.

Animator Nick Park teamed up with the National Trust to make the one-minute short, called A Jubilee Bunt-a-thon.

It features the loveable duo preparing to mark the royal celebrations.

The mini-movie will be shown at 14 National Trust locations at parties on 4 June, including Tyntesfield House in Wraxall, North Somerset.

Other locations to show the film include Wallington in Northumberland, Beningbrough Hall in York, Belton in Grantham, Attingham in Shrewsbury, Powis Castle and Penrhyn Castle in Wales, Basildon Park in Reading, Morden Hall Park in London, Felbrigg Hall in Norwich, Anglesey Abbey in Cambridge, and Springhill and Castle Ward in Northern Ireland.

'Special place in my heart'

"I have to pinch myself when I think how far Wallace and Gromit have come," said Mr Park.

"From ideas in my head, to film stars working with great organisations such as the National Trust.

"The National Trust has a special place in my heart from a childhood memory of completing a paint-by-numbers at Stourhead [Wiltshire], to Montacute House [Somerset], on which we based Tottington Hall in The Curse Of The Were-rabbit."

The film will also be shown at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire, on 15 July. A behind-the-scenes documentary will also be screened at the National Trust's Jubilee parties.

"The National Trust and Wallace and Gromit are two of Britain's greatest treasures and we felt it fitting that in this summer of celebration we should bring them together," said National Trust visitor experience director Tony Berry.

"Wallace And Gromit's Jubilee Bunt-a-thon...was made exclusively for the National Trust and we are really excited that it will encourage the nation to join us for an extra special Diamond Jubilee celebration."

Wallace and Gromit have already received the royal seal of approval, with the Duchess of Cornwall revealing that the pair are her husband's "favourite people in the world".

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