Yate Supplies welcomes the Cath Kidston Gromit to its new home
A FUN-filled summer of Gromit hunting may be over but Yate fans of the four-legged friend can still have a ‘cracking’ time.
The town has become home to one of the 80 five feet fibreglass statues which were located around greater Bristol over the school holidays, thanks to the generosity of Yate Supplies.
The family-run company, based on North Road, snapped up Cath Kidston’s offering, Antique Rose, during an exciting auction last Thursday.
The Gromit, which was painted with Cath Kidston’s first ever print, was snapped up for £30,000.
Derek Aston, managing director of Yate Supplies, said the decision to even enter the auction had been made last minute let alone agreeing a budget.
“We were watching Points West along with thousands of others,” he told the Gazette. “ As a family business we always try to support quite a few local charities and events and we just thought this would be a very special thing to do.
“We had a quick chat and thought the budget probably wouldn’t go to buying one but registered anyway.”
Panic took over when the family went offline during the first part of the auction, which had been expected to raise over £1million.
“We didn’t get back on until the lots were in the twenties,” said Mr Aston. “We were so concerned with trying to get back online we hadn’t really examined all of the lots. We did a quick scan and had various interests but actually the Cath Kidston one had a connection with crockery and things we sell.
“But it was more important to have a Gromit.”
The family’s bids put them in the lead several times and hovered at £28,000.
“My wife, our financial director Catherine, had her hand on the mouse but we all said we didn’t want to regret something forever for the sake of a nominal sum.
“We bid at £30,000, it hovered and we won. It was very exciting.”
The auction raised a total of £2,357,000 for Wallace and Gromit’s Appeal for Bristol Children’s Hospital.
Added Mr Aston: “It is such a great cause.
“And so many of our staff had been visiting the Gromits over the summer we wanted to do something for them.”
Yate Supplies will display the Gromit in its foyer and has plans to allow local schoolchildren to visit and take Antique Rose to various fundraising events.
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