Last year here in Bristol we had Wow! Gorillas in which 61 gorillas were decorated by artists and placed around the city.
Some of them arrived by boat. A gorilla flotilla. They were great fun, and a lot of photos were taken with them. Every time you saw one, you smiled.
Now it seems we shall be sporting Gromits next year.
Which reminds me of a day back in 2005, when I was walking back from school and saw what was obviously a huge fire in the distance. And that afternoon, when the wind was blowing gently in our direction, all the ash came with it. The top of our black dustbin was thick with it. And then we discovered where the fire had been.
It was a bit like when it's been snowing and there's a blanket of snow over everything. Except this time it wasn't snow, it was Gromit's ashes.
In other news, we've voted for the man in the red trousers. Let's hope he wins.