The Lincoln Knights are armed and ready to go

The “stars” of the Lincoln Knights Trail went down a storm at a dazzling media reception attended by more than 150 guests, who were thrilled to be the first to meet the characters who will form the eagerly-awaited Summer attraction.

Visitors who stepped inside The Showroom, off Tritton Road, were stopped in their tracks by 36 magnificent Knight sculptures, each proudly sporting their own colourful “armour.”

Trail organisers Lincoln BIG and its sister organisation Visit Lincoln welcomed guests, which included their public arts partner Wild in Art, charity partner The Nomad Trust, the EBP (Education Business Partnership), sponsors, artists and members of the press to take a closer look.  

Representatives from sponsoring organisations and businesses were soon chatting excitedly about their own Knights. There were also plenty of compliments for the hard-working artists who had devised the innovative designs for the Knights, then brought the sculptures to life by working closely with individual sponsors.

Guests also got to meet the “newest” recruit for the Trail – the 36th Knight.  Head of Visit Lincoln Lydia Rusling said:

“The vibrant Lincoln City Knight recognized the amazing impact the football club’s recent performance had had in raising the profile of the city worldwide.”

Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said:

“We are at the start of a tremendous year for the city and the Knights’ Trail is the centerpiece of our celebrations. After today some of our Knights will be going on tour.  

“They will be going into schools, restaurants, offices and all sorts of other places decided by their sponsors. Some will even be travelling to Kings Cross to help us to promote the Trail more widely.”

The Trail will be installed in Lincoln for shoppers, residents and visitors to enjoy – from May 20 until September 3.  It will be the key focus for the city’s 800th Anniversary commemorations for The Battle of Lincoln and the Charter of the Forest celebrations.

People can look forward to community fun, festivals, children’s activities and much more.

The EBP’s Communications Manager Philip Everett and Communications Co-ordinator Emma Welbourn were excited to announce that they will be launching an Education Trail, featuring half-sized Knights at the Lincolnshire Showground on June 21.

Phil was delighted to reveal that 45 primary, secondary and special schools had been provided with their own half-sized Knights and the accompanying comprehensive education programme, which is encouraging young people to learn more about Lincoln’s history.

Emma said:

“We have also secured sponsorship with the Waterside Shopping Centre. At Easter it is running a competition to encourage young people to come-up with their own designs for a half-sized Knight – which the winner will get to work on with artist Mel Langton.

“Siemens has also come on board as a sponsor and is linking with the Lincoln UTC (Lincoln University Technical College) to give it its own half-sized Knight.”

“When the mini sculptures have been on show at the Lincolnshire Showground, they will be used to form an “indoor” trail in Lincoln, before ultimately going back to their individual schools and colleges.” added Phil.

Wild in Art’s Director Jean Ball recalled how the 2015 Lincoln Barons’ Charter Tail had been born out of a conversation she had had with Lincoln BIG’s Matt Corrigan when she attended the 2013 Association of Town Centre Managers’ Summer School in the city.  

As a result, Lincoln had risen to the challenge of bringing a Wild in Art event to the city – the phenomenally successful Lincoln Barons’ Charter Trail in 2015. That is still being talked about and the Lincoln Knights’ Trail promises to be even more spectacular!

Lincolnshire YMCA Chief Executive Malcolm Barham told how the YMCA had merged with The Nomad Trust in 2013 to create a stronger organisation, which has aspirations to build a £3 million Emergency Accommodation Shelter for those sleeping rough on Lincoln’s streets.

He also outlined how the partners want to encourage people to support the homeless charities of the city, rather than give money directly to people on the streets.

Everyone is hoping that the Auction of the 36 sculptures in the Knights’ Trail at Lincoln Cathedral on September 30 will raise a substantial money to turn that dream into reality.

Bailgate Guild Chairman Matt Felgate, who was photographed with the Bailgate Guild and Steep Hill Independents’ Knight said: “I’m overwhelmed by the quality of each and every Knight which has been created for The Knights’ Trail. They will do Lincoln proud.”

Allen Signs Managing Director David Allen said: “As a long-established Lincolnshire business we were keen to support the Lincoln Knights’ Trail.  We chose our design for the knight as we have a long association with the county’s aviation heritage.

“My father Barry Allen, who started the company over 50 years ago, painted the black panther emblem on the fuselage of the Vulcan XH558. It’s also believed that his father (my grandfather) was a navigator on a Lancaster during World War II.”

 

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