Cracking creator comes to the rescue of water-damaged hall

Cracking: Walmer Bridge Village Hall Committee Member Tom Shorrock with Andrew Sutton of Lifestyle Flooring
Cracking: Walmer Bridge Village Hall Committee Member Tom Shorrock with Andrew Sutton of Lifestyle Flooring

The creator of Wallace and Gromit has come to the rescue of a South Ribble village hall.

Nick Park may be an Oscar winner, with a glittering career and a recent appearance on The Simpsons under his belt, but he hasn’t forgotten his roots.

Walmer Bridge Village Hall, in Gill Lane, has lost more than £8,000 in ticket sales for events, since it was forced to close after a pipe burst at Christmas.

But, with the venue soon to reopen, Mr Park, who is from the village, has agreed for his famous characters to take pride of place in the hall.

The animator donated a picture of the characters to be made into a seven feet by six-foot laminate board, which will be placed on an interior wall.

He said: “It is an honour to have Wallace and Gromit grace the walls of Walmer Bridge Village Hall, the village I grew up in, and which still holds many happy memories for me.

“The village hall committee has done a cracking job of raising the funds to repair and update the hall after the recent flood damage, and it is an honour for my characters to come home and be a part of it.”

Over Christmas, a pipe which runs along the ceiling of the building was breached in 20 places, causing extensive water damage.