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Thousands visit Gromit statue show in Bristol

The Gromit exhibition
Image caption The statues were part of an arts trail in the city over the summer

More than 25,000 people visited an exhibition of Gromit statues in Bristol, organisers said.

The show featured all 81 of the models, which were on the streets of Bristol during the summer.

It had originally been planned to last five days and close on Sunday but ran for an extra day to cope with the "extraordinary demand".

The Gromits are due to be auctioned on 3 October to raise money for Bristol's Children's Hospital.

The auction will be hosted by Sotheby's auctioneer and TV antiques presenter Tim Wonnacott, in The Mall pavilion at Cribbs Causeway shopping centre.

Huge queues of Wallace and Gromit fans waited up to eight hours outside the venue for the show, in Queen's Road at the weekend.

The statues of Aardman Animation's much-loved canine creation, decorated by well-known celebrities and artists, made up an arts trail across the city.

The exhibition, which was originally intended to take place at the Royal West of England Academy in Clifton, Bristol, was moved to the nearby former Habitat store to cope with the expected numbers.

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