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GROM is an Italian gelato business. GROM has over 60 gelato shops in Italy and around the world.

GROM Headquarter Location

Strada Cuorgne, 51/4

Mappano di Caselle, 10072,

Italy

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'One of kind' children's entertainer dies after Covid battle

Nov 26, 2021

'One of kind' children's entertainer dies after Covid battle David Trinder, 63, dazzling crowds with his balloon modelling and stilt-walking skills 12:27, 26 NOV 2021 Sign up for our daily newsletter to get the day's biggest stories sent direct to your inbox Invalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later. Subscribe We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Thank you for subscribingWe have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice A popular children's entertainer who "oozed love" has died after contracting Covid. David Trinder, 63, also known as grOmmet the Balloon Wyzzyrd or Grom, performed across Cheshire and the UK for many years. He was often spotted in Crewe and Chester entertaining families at local events or on the streets. Read more: Among his many talents, he was known for dazzling crowds with his balloon modelling and stilt-walking skills. His partner of 21 years Anni Ali, who lived with him in Cholmondeston, confirmed Grom had died in Leighton Hospital on Wednesday, November 17 after he contracted Covid. He had been fully vaccinated and was due to have his booster jab. Speaking to Cheshire Live , Anni, 51, said: "He was one of a kind. He was such a special person and he touched a lot of people. "I'm going to miss everything. "I'm going to miss him being out in the garden, miss him just being on the end of the phones for everybody - there were that many people who would phone. I'll miss all the tales and what he taught us. David Trinder, also known as Grom, died in hospital after contracting Covid "He just gave and oozed love. He was so unique, so honest and open. What you saw was what you got. "When grOmmett hugged you, it was something special. "Nobody can put their finger on it. It was so pure and loving. That's the one thing I'm going to miss more than anything - him holding me in his arms." Grom was originally from Hampshire but moved to Cheshire in 1989 where he attended Crewe and Alsager College. During this time he got involved with the YFM local radio station which sparked his career as an entertainer. Throughout his life, Grom performed at a multitude of venues and events including The Limelight club in Crewe, the Crewe and Nantwich Beer Festival, the Folk Festival in Nantwich and the Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival. He was also part of the entertainment group Balloon Platoon, taking part in beer festivals across the country, including in London, Reading and York. Speaking of when she first met Grom, Anni said: "It was in the Limelight in Crewe and he was just a fun guy. We were up by the bar just chatting and he gave me one of his cards. Anni (left) and David with their son "I was in the middle of doing my flat up at the time and I said I was so fed up. Then he said 'you can ring me anytime'. So I rung him and we spent hours just talking on the phone. "I said to him 'oh I could fall in love with you' and he said 'I dare you'. Well I'm a sucker for a dare. We got together and within 11 weeks we'd moved in together and we never looked back." The couple lived together at Waverley Court in Crewe but moved to their home in Cholmondeston when Anni became pregnant with their son Frank Peter, who's now 14. Anni would often go to see Grom while he was performing, including when he busked in Chester. "Even though it was the same spiel every time, it was like a well-oiled machine," she said. "But for me it wasn't just about watching him, it was watching the reactions of everybody around him. David has been described as a unique entertainer who loved helping others "It was amazing to see the kids and the parents. He would tell jokes that would go over the kids' heads but the parents would laugh. It was just amazing, absolutely amazing." Grom was also known for his kindness and desire to help others - he worked for the NSPCC in Crewe and also worked with adults who had special needs. Occasionally he would hold juggling workshops as a way of encouraging people to build their confidence. Anni spoke of one time when Grom was approached by a young woman who said he'd taught her how to ride a unicycle many years before and it 'gave her the confidence to become a carer'. The night before he died, Grom was asked by staff if there was anything he wanted - he simply asked for a beer which he received. "He loved his real ale," Anni said, adding: "I want to thank everybody at Leighton. They do such a fantastic job. They were lovely and let me stay with him the night before. I can't thank them enough." She said she would be getting her surname changed to Trinder after Christmas, as she had said to Grom that she'd marry him if he made it out of hospital. David went out of his way to help encourage confidence in others, including Anni Following the announcement of his death, a fundraiser was launched by the community to support Anni, Frank Peter and his daughter Cara, in a bit to give him a fitting send off. As of Wednesday, November 24, the Go Fund Me page had raised more than £6,500 with a target of £7,000. Read More

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