The Lincoln Knights’ Trail came to its exciting conclusion this evening as all 36 knights went under the hammer.
The spectacular event, held in the iconic Lincoln Cathedral, was live streamed by Stonebow Media through The Lincolnite’s Facebook pages and more than 800 people tuned in to watch.
The Knights’ Trail, which commemorated the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln and the Charter of the Forest, has seen thousands flock to the city, with the finale auction event raising almost £180,000 two Lincoln-based projects.
The star lot of the evening was the Knight of the Skies designed by Rosie Ablewhite and sponsored by GAME Engineering Ltd which sold for an amazing £15,000.
Lincoln Green, designed by Deven Bhurke and sponsored by Your Print Partner, along with Knight in the Forest (Gold) designed by Julia Allum, sponsored by St Marks Shopping Centre were also popular with bidders, selling for £9,200 and £9,000 respectively.
Mark Chambers, artist of the Knight, Knight Time, which glows in the dark, said: “It’s been a fantastic evening with lots of generous people giving to a truly generous cause. There’certainly been some surprises tonight, and I’m very happy that Chestnut Homes have bought my knight. I’m looking forward to the public enjoying my knight now it’s found its new home.”
Two thirds of the funds raised at the auction, which was conducted by J H Walter, will be awarded to The Nomad Trust, part of YMCA Lincolnshire. The remaining third will be given to a new Art and Innovation Fund for the City of Lincoln.
Rachael Baxter, from The Nomad Trust said: “The Lincoln Knights’ Trail has been absolutely fantastic. We are honoured to be the nominated charity for the event and we want to say a huge thank you to the organisers, artists and sponsors who have made this event, and the whole Trail, so successful.”
The Nomad Trust will put the funds towards its £1.2 million Capital Appeal project; a new day centre and up to date emergency overnight accommodation for the homeless in Lincoln.
The Nomad Trust also hosted a raffle to win a half-sized knight worth £1,000 on the night. The lucky winner will now work with Knight’s Trail artist Joanne Botterill to create their own unique mini-Knight.
Special edition Souvenir Guides are still available to buy by contacting The Nomad Trust firstname.lastname@example.org or online on the Visit Lincoln website: www.visitlincoln.com/shop/lincoln-knights-trail-auction-catalogue-souvenir-guide