A statue of Wallace and Gromit will be unveiled in the creator’s hometown.

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A statue of Wallace and Gromit will be unveiled in the creator’s hometown.

A statue of Wallace and Gromit will be unveiled in the hometown of the characters’ creator.

The cartoon duo will be represented as they appeared in The Wrong Trousers, and will be displayed with a bronze bench.

Later this year, the bench will be put outside Preston Markets, with visitors likely eager to get their picture taken with the iconic characters.

As a proud Prestonian, seeing my characters Wallace and Gromit cast in bronze and given pride of place in my hometown is an incredible honor.

The bench is now being made at the Castle Fine Arts Foundry in Wales, and was designed by Preston-born Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park and the team at Aardman in cooperation with local sculptor Peter Hodgkinson.

Preston City Council has received a planning application for the bench, which is expected to be built in August of this year.

Preston received £1 million in initial support from the Government’s national towns fund program for the Pop-Up projects, which attempt to bring visitors back into the city following the pandemic.

“As a proud Prestonian, it is such a huge pleasure for me to have my characters Wallace and Gromit cast in bronze and given pride of position in my hometown,” Park said.

“Nick is one of our most famous living Prestonians, and it’s terrific that we can honour his achievements with this new sculpture,” said John Chesworth, chair of the Preston Partnership and the Preston Towns Fund Board.

“Millions of people know Wallace and Gromit, and the films are enormously popular with people of all ages.

“We are really excited to welcome the duo to Preston and to invite people to come see them in the city center.”

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