New plans revealed for Lincoln IMP Trail

New plans revealed for Lincoln IMP Trail

The much-anticipated Lincoln IMP Trail has unfortunately been ‘shelved’ until 2021 due to the ongoing challenges with COVID-19. We will, however, be launching ‘IMP on the Shelf’ for Christmas for residents, businesses and visitors to enjoy.

Speaking about the decision, Sarah Loftus Chief Executive at Lincoln BIG, said: “We have taken the decision to postpone the trail until 2021 to ensure that we meet the Government’s guidelines for social distancing and not ‘cluttering’ the High Street.

Businesses and sponsors have also said that the IMP Trail means so much to the city that Lincoln BIG should wait to maximise its benefits for next year.

A date hasn’t been agreed yet for 2021 but the IMP Trail will run over a significant period including the summer holidays.

All 30 main Trail Imps and 5 Community Imps will be on display together with the Education Trail Imps, decorated by schools across the county and managed by our Education Partner, EBP.

The full IMP Trail leaflet will be available with a children’s competition. A new interactive app will also be launched bringing new features, and engagement opportunities.

Souvenirs, merchandise and an auction catalogue will be available too. A farewell event will take place mid-September with the auction on Lincolnshire Day, 1 October 2021 raising funds for our Charity Partner, St Barnabas.

In the meantime, while people have to wait for the IMP Trail, our sponsors will be given the opportunity to take their ‘Imp on Tour’ and with ‘Imp on the Shelf’, we aim to retain interest in the Trail prior to its launch. More information will come available over the next few months.

“The new plans will make the Lincoln IMP Trail bigger, better and more fun” added Sarah Loftus. “It will bring people back into the city and put a smile on people’s faces, when it’s safe to do so.

“I’ve spent a lot of time talking to our sponsors and Lincoln BIG Levy Payers and many feel it is the right thing to do.

In addition to the IMP Trail, Lincoln BIG have also taken the decision to cancel the Bailgate Busking Festival, Lincoln by the Sea (the Beach), 1940s Weekend and the Morris Dancing Festival. These decisions have been difficult to make but we are taking the safety of our residents and visitors seriously by following Government guidelines. Decisions for events from mid September will be reviewed month on month in line with Government guidelines.

“Charlie Langhorne, Managing Director & Co-Founder of Wild in Art, said: It is clearly a shame we need to postpone this event, which I am sure everyone will understand. However, it gives us even more time to enjoy the anticipation of the Imps coming to this fabulous city next year.”

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