A brand new Wallace and Gromit film will be shown for the first time at Wallington Morpeth.
The National Trust will show the new mini-animation at many of its properties as part of the country’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It has been created for the National Trust festivities as part of its Summer of Celebration campaign.
It features the lovable characters scaling the ladders to hoist the bunting up around a magnificent Trust manor as they get ready for Jubilee weekend.
Wallace and Gromit are due to visit Wallington in Cambo to meet visitors and help with their very own bunt-a-thon record attempt.
The mini animation – entitled A Jubilee Bunt-a-thon – and a behind-the-scenes documentary will be screened at the Trust’s 70 Jubilee parties throughout the country. The films have already met with the royal seal of approval with the Duchess of Cornwall revealing that that Wallace and Gromit are Prince Charles’ “favourite people in the world”.
The animation starts at the home of the pair – of 62 West Wallaby Street. The faithful, long-suffering Gromit is at his sewing machine making mounds of bunting to hang National Trust places across the country.
Julie Tucker, events and promotions manager at Wallington, said: “We’re really excited to be the only National Trust place to welcome Wallace and Gromit for our Diamond Jubilee celebrations on Monday 4 June.
“As well as meeting these much loved characters, visitors can join the fun and games, add their ‘Best of British’ design to the Wallington Bunt-a-thon record attempt, or settle down on the grassy courtyard to watch the Royal Pageant on a large outdoor screen,” she added. “We’re also holding a tea party where you can enjoy freshly made scones, cakes, sandwiches, sausage rolls and a nice up of tea in our street party style marquee. We’re encouraging people to book this early as places are limited.”
Tony Berry, Visitor Experience Director of the National Trust, said: “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.”
Nick Park, creator of Wallace and Gromit, comments: “I have to pinch myself when I think how far Wallace and Gromit have come; from ideas in my head, to ‘film stars’ working with great organisations such as the National Trust, which the nation holds dear to its heart.
“At Aardman we are thrilled that Wallace and Gromit have had a chance to explore all the Trust has to offer – from helping to put up bunting to enjoying their Wensleydale cheese platter at a picnic. Wallace and Gromit are in for a cracking summer at 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, to Montacute House, on which we based Tottington Hall in the Curse of the Were-rabbit.”
The nation’s much loved comedy duo have paired up with the Trust for some Jubilee parties which will also feature Wallace and Gromit model making workshops with Aardman animators, themed trails, fun games for children and themed retail and catering treats.
The film took:
- 30 people who contributed to make it
- Three months to produce
- 500 hours to complete from storyboard to post-production
- 60 metres of bunting to decorate West Wallaby Street and National Trust property
- 30 kilograms of plasticine
- Four Gromits used in filming.
For more information on the event at Wallington log onto www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington.